Tuesday, 17 October 2017

BEAUTY: MY CURRENT HAIR WASHING ROUTINE


When it comes to my hair and the products I use, I'm really fickle. My high-end splurge of choice is the iconic Aveda Shampure but for more regular washing, I shop at Superdrug - scouting whatever is on offer. I will try whatever and I'm always looking for something that revolutionises the condition of my hair, beats frizz or helps prolong the time between washes.

My hairbrush of choice is a bristle brush as it tends to be the most gentle on my hair, this one is from Denman. I'd love a Mason Pearson, but for now, it's just that little bit too treaty. The bristles don't drag my tresses, they simply glide through whilst adding a little shine.



I am currently coveting a few new products that are working a treat for my hair. Think manageable, frizz free hair that's soft and shiny without feeling weighed down or heavy. The first is a product I've mentioned before in this post coveting summer hair care. It's the iconic Phillip Kingsley Elasticizer in the 'Coconut Breeze' variant. I use the pre-shampoo once a week to deep condition my hair and help prevent further damage via snapping. 


For shampoo, I am using the OGX 'Kuku Oil' variant and take my word for it, it smells ah-mazing. It's on the pricier end of the scale for £6 but it makes for one of the nicest hair washing experiences ever. The scent of it is like holiday's, coconutty and sweet. Created to help resist humidity and defrizz, I haven't noticed any particularly groundbreaking results on that front, but it is softer, stays less greasy for longer and leaves my hair smelling gorgeous.

My conditioner of choice is the 'Brilliant Brunette' - Visibility Deeper conditioner from John Freida. I love the Brilliant Brunette range as again, it smells gorgeous and leaves my hair feeling super soft. In terms of the deeper notes, my hair does look richer - but could that be because it's been washed? The packaging states that 'for deeper tones use the accompanying masque so I'm not sure if this does actually work but it does feel lush.

What are your favourite hair care products?

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Friday, 13 October 2017

BEAUTY: MAKE-UP REVOLUTION 'BROW REVOLUTION IN DARK BRUNETTE'



Ah eyebrows! It's only in recent times that I am able to say that I am fully cool with mine. From a horrendous waxing job in America nearly 10 years ago, I've been trying to grow them back ever since. There's a few pics of how simply awful they were in this post - and if you want to see how I care for my brows now, check out the post featuring my LVL lash experience.

Now that I have some started to maintain some shape and definition to my eyebrows, their grooming and upkeep takes barely anytime at all - even less so thanks to a new product i've been using from Makeup Revolution.

'Brow Revolution' in Dark Brunette...


The long lasting fibre gel retails at £6 and is available in 5 shades ranging from light, to super dark. The budge proof, waterproof and transfer proof formula achieves brow perfection in just a few seconds. I must admit, the application takes a little practise, but once you master it - your brows never looked so good!

Here are mine. Ignore the fact that I am growing them out therefore there are a few stray hairs hanging around, but do take into consideration how natural and full they look. The gel formula is applied using a super thin, pointed applicator and you gently apply soft strokes across your brow to fill in any gaps before brushing through with the spooly supplied. 

The gel formula is quite wet in consistency and can make-up your brows look a little 'felt tip-esque' if you don't work with it quickly and lightly. It takes a little practice but once you master it, you can achieve any look you desire.


What do you use on your eyebrows?

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

BEAUTY: I HEART MAKE-UP 'GOLDEN BAR' PALETTE REVIEW + SWATCHES


If there's one area of make-up that is an easy sell for me, it's eyeshadow palettes. My local Superdrug had a little revamp and have now included more brand focused 'islands' around the store. One that particularly attracted my attention was the 'Tam Beauty' stand that was filled with Makeup Revolution / I Heart Makeup products. I must say, naughty dupey behaviour aside, the packaging and branding for the Tam products is seriously on point. 

Intrigued by the I Heart Makeup 'chocolate bar' palettes I began a fully committed swatch session in the middle of the store. I believe that there are 11 palettes in the range and each of them retail at £9 for 16 shadows (14 small size pans and two double size pans.) The Tam beauty site also states that these palettes are certified vegan, cruelty free and gluten free.I love the packaging for the palettes, very sturdy and interesting to look at - the large, clear mirror inside them is pretty awesome too. 

Immediately, I was drawn to the warm shimmery tones of the 'Golden bar' palette...



The palettes have a seriously chocolatey scent and what I like about 'The Golden Bar' variant is the amount of wearable colours included in the selection. My second favourite palette was the 'chocolate palette' however it contained a frosty pink shade which I knew immediately would be wasted on me.  

My favourite shades from the 'Golden Bar' palette are 'Cocoa', 'Tablet' and 'Golden' - all very wearable colours that can be subtly applied in a light wash for daytime, or amped up with more vigour for night.


The shadows are super creamy, easily blend-able with minimal fallout and hyper pigmented. Yes, they may be shimmery but I can assure you that you won't be looking like a disco ball. The shimmer is well balanced, not too in your face and quite beautiful. Each row of the palette contains a family of shades that compliment each other well - I love the bottom row which is filled with red toned shades, perfect for Autumn.

Perfect for achieving a bold, subtle or sexy eye makeup look, the formula of these shadows is divine - well worth the £9 price tag and for me, the 'Golden bar' palette contains no fail shades. All warm, completely wearable and easy to work with.

Have you tried anything from I Heart Makeup?


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Friday, 6 October 2017

BEAUTY: ROSIE FOR AUTOGRAPH CREAM EYESHADOW IN 'SPARKLE AND MAGIC'


I've been debating whether or not to seriously splurge and buy one of the cult ByTerry Ombre Blackstar cream eyeshadow sticks. At £30 they're certainly a high end purchase however, many drugstore and niche brands are jumping on the bandwagon and producing similar products.

A little while ago, there was a somewhat tense and slightly off interview uploaded toYoutube by the goddess, Sali Hughes featuring Rosie Huntington Whitely. Whilst I felt a little bored and uninspired watching the interview, I made a point to take a look at the Rosie for Autograph cosmetics line next time I was near an M+S. I'd heard a lot of hype about the line, in particular that Rosie's range is certified cruelty free standard.

The range features some decent products, nicely packaged and retailing at a mid-weight price -Think L'Oreal and Max Factor price points. There was one product in particular that I felt compelled to try.

Cream eyeshadow stick in 'Sparkle + Magic'...


Retailing at £12.50, there are 4 shades in the range, typical neutral colours including a brown, a camel nude and a berry shade which are all completely wearable. I love cream shadows as they can be worn alone (especially good when you are in a rush) or when layered under a complimentary shadow - which is the way I like to wear them.

'Sparkle and Magic' is metallic gun metal grey which has tones of silver and green. To me, it is the perfect colour for lighter coloured eyes to really bring the colour out. I have greyish blue eyes and as you can see from the pic below, Sparkle and Magic really enhances the colour.


The cream formula is nice to apply, either straight out of the bullet or with a brush. I do find it takes some layering to achieve an opaque coverage and a light wash can look a little streaky. As I mentioned above, I layer my shadow with a similar colour, my current choice is 'Chamoisee'  from MUA - A beautiful shimmery gold. In terms of longevity with this method, it's pretty good - it certainly lasts a full 8 hours at work. 

I definitely recommend the Rosie for Autograph cream eyeshadow sticks if you are looking for an easily transportable creamy shadow that you can apply on the go, that wears long and is a great dupe for the Ombre Blackstar line.


Have you tried anything from the Rosie for Autograph range?

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Tuesday, 3 October 2017

BEAUTY: LIQUID HIGHLIGHTERS, CONTOUR PALETTES & BRUSHES FROM 'COMPLEXIONS' AT MISS G COUTURE



I'm always glad to see new makeup brands emerging. The business of cosmetics is a difficult space to play in and competition is rife. As a newbie, the possibility of your products being swooned over by consumers, beauty experts and bloggers is the dream however, it's a tough game to break. With this in mind, I make an effort to try as many new and upcoming brands as possible to see how their product offerings fare against the current contents of my makeup bag in terms of quality and price.

Today I am talking about the 'Complexions' range of makeup from the online fashion brand, Miss G Couture. Now, you might just be thinking: "Not another make-up line from a brand" - But this is different. The Dad/Daughter duo behind the Miss G Couture brand has a unique tale to tale when it comes to knowing the cosmetics industry. They aren't newbies to the game. Woah no. Having launched two major cosmetics brands in the UK, one being Constance Caroll (old school) and a brand you probably have heard of, Collection 2000 - the team at Miss G Couture know the industry.

The current range is positioned at a mid-weight price point, with singular products retailing in excess of £10. In a marketplace where you can snap up high-end dupes for a couple of quid Makeup Revolution /MUA i'm looking at you....

How does the Complexions range fare?

There are two palettes within the 'Dawn to Dusk Contour and Highlighter' range - One is a powder formula and the other cream. They retail individually at £20, or you can buy both palettes for £32. You get 5g of product within 6 pans which are all housed in sturdy cardboard packaging. My only qualm about the white packaging is that finger marks show up easily and mine is already covered in product smears.


To begin with a full disclaimer here, I am not a typical contour kind of gal, despite being blessed with prominent cheekbones (about the only thing I was blessed with looks wise!) I rarely do much by way of contour and I certainly don't rock that ever-popular 'look' that we see all over Instagram. I do however like to add a little definition to my face and my weapon of choice are usually powder products. With this in mind, I was interested to see how well I got on with the cream products.


Dawn to Dusk Cream Contour Palette - Swatches in order from top row to bottom

The colour range within the cream palette is varied and I can imagine that the shade selection would suit a small number of different skin tones. This is a positive as the range only offers 1 palette to suit all. This brings me onto my issue with palettes per say. For myself, there a few neglected colours in the palette as I am super pale with a blue undertone. This means that any contour I have going on has to be done using a flat toned brown/taupe shade to avoid looking like an Oompa-Lumpa.

For the purpose of the review, I did try the lighter shades in the selection. When applied with an angled brush, they sit on the skin really nicely, no stickiness, no greasiness and a smooth colour payoff. Slightly too warm for me, but ideal for darkening a foundation, or for achieving/enhancing a sun-kissed, summer glow. The lighter shades are perfect for concealing under the eyes, my favourite shade being the slightly yellower toned second pan. The cream is opaque, moisturising and blends really nicely.


Dawn to Dusk Powder Contour Palette - Swatches in order from top row to bottom

I have to admit, I LOVE the powder contour range, Again the shade range is a little bit of a wasted on me, but I find powder products to be a little easier to work with if they tend to sit on the darker side of the spectrum. The powder formula is extremely velvety and soft to work with. The colour payoff is more subtle, which I personally prefer. I again, apply the powder using an angled brush with synthetic bristles. The powder glides on without bunching or streaking. The far right shade, again the one most yellow in tone works really well as an all over powder, I use it to brighten dull areas and finish off my base.



I have purposely not washed my brushes for these pictures. Firstly, because ain't nobody got time for that (they get washed every 2 weeks or so) and secondly, I genuinely think that they look better in the pics with a little colour on the ends. I can truthfully confirm that once I tried these brushes, I had a clear out and now 80% of my brush collection is made up of the Complexions 12 piece brush set.

For £25 you receive 12 brushes, 6 base, and 5 eye/concealer/lip brushes and a travel pot to store them in. The soft, synthetic brushes hold product well and don't lose hairs when applying your makeup. They also wash well and retain their fluffy, white domed appearance. This set is perfect as a treat for yourself, or as a gift. Take my word for it, they really aren't those crappy brushes you get free in sets - they're top notch!

Left: Complexions Blush Peals Liquid Highlighter + Right: Gold Pearls Highlighter

A hero product for Complexions, the Pearls liquid highlighters retail for £10, or £16 for the duo. I recently featured the Blush shade in my September monthly favourites as it has quite literally become a make-up bag staple. The formula is creamy, blendable and seriously shimmery. 

My only qualm would be the packaging, I much prefer a 'dropper' style applicator as opposed to the nail varnish brush style we have here. I must admit, the packaging for these doesn't (in my opinion) do the formula justice. For instance, the new Makeup Revolution highlighters look much more expensive for half the price.
Application of the 'Blush' liquid highlighter Left, straight application + Right, unblended

Packaging aside, I apply the highlighter by decanting a little onto a stippling brush and tapping to the cheek. The formula doesn't drag, or bobble and sits put until you remove it. A nice product that rivals some of the more established liquid highlighter manufacturers.


Application of the 'Gold' liquid highlighter - Left, Blended + Right, straight application

So there we have it, my thoughts on the initial line from Complexions. I can say that the brand is bringing out new products over the next month and the eyeshadow palettes look INSANELY good. Rumour has it, they're made in the same factory of a very, very well known cosmetics brand that specialises in buttery shadow palettes. For an infant brand, the formulas are very good. 

What do you think? Would you take a gamble on an unknown brand?

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Friday, 29 September 2017

MONTHLY BEAUTY + LIFESTYLE FAVOURITES: SEPTEMBER 2017


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

Lips: You know me, rarely seen without lippy. In fact today, (Saturday as I write this) I've organised my lipsticks, by colour into Baco bags. Rock and roll eh?! This month, my favourite lip smear is from Lord + Berry who recently celebrated their 20th birthday. The 20100 lip crayon is a punchy, orange shade that is super creamy, moisturising and hyper-pigmented.

Glow: I love a healthy glow as much as the next person, however, sometimes it can look a look OTT. I've recently been using a new highlighter from the Complexions range at Miss G Couture. I'll be bringing you a full review of their cosmetics next week, but for now - the 'Blush' Pearls Highlighter has provided a really beautiful highlight that is both natural looking and long-wearing. 


Nails: I've grown my nails hooray! Well, until a stressful situation arises and I'll have wrecked them again. To celebrate actually having acceptable fingers, I've kept them painted this month with an old Nails Inc polish in the shade ' St Martin's Lane' Yup, I was feeling SUPER Autumnal with this royal berry shade, almost magenta. You can always rely on Nails Inc for longevity and opaque colour payoff.

Eyes: Strangely, I've also been loving bright pops of colour on my eyes. Now bear with me, yup I love my nudes, golds and orange shades MAC Texture I'm looking at you, but I also love the Lord and Berry individual shadows in the shades 'Sunflower' and 'Lagoon' which are super pigmented and look really nice as a little accent underneath the lower lash line.


Life. TV. Music + More...

Reading: A recent holiday to Zakynthos meant that I had time to absolutely devour a few books on the beach. I read 'Diana in her own words' by Andrew Morton and The Muse by Jessie Burton which was a wonderful story. I have to say, it's a slow starter but the description is vivid and the twist in the story is interesting. In a nutshell, it follows two stories, one in 1960s London and the other in 1930s Spain, both are linked by a painting and a central character. The themes include love (obvs) immigration, art, friendship, mental health, and family dynamics. If you are looking for a new read, I strongly urge you to try this one.

I feel a little like a broken record constantly recommended articles from The Pool, but they're all just so darn good! My favourites this month were: 'Is this the new Chanel No.5?' - a particular favourite line was when author, Lizzie Ostrom describes the scent awakening: "Thankfully, Gabrielle soon cut her toothless grin and started to hiss." As well as Daisy Buchanan's What makes a beauty product 'cult'? - some great recommendations and again, some lovely description.

Watching: Two words. Doctor Foster. I am gripped! The BBC series featuring the babe that is Suranne Jones has a cringey script and a slightly repetitive storyline (cmon it is) BUT I cannot stop watching it. Fuelled by adultery, revenge, and passion, the drama set in fictional Parminster is definitely one to catch on Iplayer (or season 1 is on Netflix!). You kind of need to have seen the first two series to understand what is underpinning the dramzzz but it's fully watchable without. 

Bake off. Obvs. I like Noel Fielding's quirk and I like Sandi because she packs punch for a little lady. I must prefer the new hosts over Mel + Sue, who quite frankly did my head in!  I also think the standard of the contestant's is the best yet. The first week showstoppers, the board games? Phenomenal! 

I also LOVED Pixiwoo's interview with Victoria Beckham, Victoria came across very well -  a little more human, and a little less robotic than you'd imagine. You could tell that Nic was awestruck over being sat next to VB and rightly so. The interview, which focuses mostly on VB's latest iteration of make-up for Estee Lauder, also covers family life and brand collabs. My only qualm would be that VB told us what her favourite products actually are and not listing only her range - But I guess she's there to do a job!

Listening to: This playlist! Really easy to work to and for when you just want a little chill time. It's my go to when i'm in the bath.





What have you been loving this month?



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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

BEAUTY: NARS VELVET MATTE LIP PENCIL IN 'RED SQUARE'


Two words, red lips. I recently discovered that my ideal red shade is anything with an orange undertone. The warmth of the orange sits nicely against my naturally pale skin and helps bring the blue out of my watery grey eyes. I also realised this month that matte finish lipsticks are my bag. 

When scouring Manchester Airport duty free earlier in the month, I stumbled across the NARS counter and naturally found myself swatching red lipstick. There was one in particular that I knew was coming with me.

Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Red Square...'

I think that the velvet matte lip pencils might just be my favourite finish ever. They're comfortable, highly pigmented and long-wearing. You could argue that they are smooth as butter. For £20 you get 2.4g of product in a crayon style applicator.


 I have yet to sharpen it, but the MUA on the NARS counter explained that a large sharpener will work fine. I have been wearing Red Square with a neutral eye, just a lashing of mascara - or with a sparkly eye for a killer party look. If you're looking for the perfect red, give it a go.



Have you ever tried the Velvet Matte Lip Pencils?


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Friday, 22 September 2017

BEAUTY: POWDER FOUNDATION - BARE MINERALS ORIGINAL SPF FOUNDATION



Seeing as though we are talking all things 'natural beauty' today, I thought i'd take advantage of shooting amongst the juicy shades of red and green from my parents' sweet little tomato plant.

When I was 14 I worked in a greasy spoon situated in the heart of the town I grew up in. For anybody local to Wakefield, it was called Neptune Diner. I worked there from being 14-18 and loved every minute of my Saturday job cleaning tables, snaffling left overs and hoovering chips and peas off the carpet. It was during this time that I had very typical spotty teenage skin. One particular Saturday, I was walking around covering my chin thanks to a huge boil that had appeared overnight....not the best for a customer service job. A cook, named Sue told my boss I had 'A skin complaint' and ushered me into the toilets with a little tub of powder and a brush - it was the original Bare Minerals foundation.

I have always thought about how much of a saviour that humble powder foundation was however, I was too sold on liquid foundations to ever entertain it again. Opting for a full coverage foundation by the way of Studio Fix Fluid from MAC. Recently, I properly revisited the Bare Minerals foundation...Here are my thoughts.


Bare Minerals Original SPF foundation...Is it sassy?

For anybody unfamiliar, Bare Minerals create natural skincare that doesn't irritate the skin as it is, amongst other things, free from oils, fragrances, preservatives, talcs and parabens. It is particularly good for those with sensitive skin. I bought the foundation and accompanying flawless face brush from duty free at MCR airport a few weeks ago as I remember it being so effective when I used it some 10 years ago.

Dubbed as "foundation so pure you can sleep in it..."


My hand after applying the foundation - blurred, soft and shine free - I haven't demonstrated on my face as i've just returned from holiday and my nose is burnt and my skin pigment highly uneven, it wouldn't do it justice.

Retailing at £27 for 8g of product, this is a high-end foundation purchase. The finely milled powder contains SPF 15 and since its launch in 1995, has become an award winning formula that promotes clearer, healthier skin. Something we all strive for right?

The coverage is surprisingly build-able and the powder can be buffed to create a medium to full coverage look. What's more there are 30 shades available which makes this foundation much more accessible for all women from those with the fairest skin, to the darkest skin. I have the lightest shade Fair 01 - which I am not entirely sure is the best match for my skin, but alas that is what the MUA paired me with. As this is a powder foundation, you can get away with a little shade discrepancy a it simply disappears into the pores and certainly does not leave the dreaded...chin line.




To activate the product, you simply dab your brush (I have the Bare Minerals Flawless Face brush) in the powder and swirl in the lid until the powder disappears into the bristles. Then buff, buff, buff into the skin until you are happy with the coverage. I really enjoy this foundation for everyday wear, especially for days in the office or a weekend running errands. The powder is not at all cakey and keeps shine at bay thanks to the long-wear formula.

This foundation is particularly good for sensitive skin, but I have read that it works effectively for oily, dehydrated and dry skin also. So what do I think?  It's a solid 10 for me having tried it on adolescent skin and again in my early 20s - It's hard to want to pick up a liquid foundation again.

Have you ever tried Bare Minerals? 

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

HAIR: MY HERO HAIRCARE PRODUCTS FROM PHILIP KINGSLEY


I have to start by apologising that this blog post is well overdue. I wanted to review the latest 'Summer solutions' offering from Philip Kingsley hair care during my holiday to Portugal. However, a mix-up with the parcel delivery and a house move caused me to not get my mitts on these new products for quite some time. Luckily, I have just been away to the Greek island of Zakynthos for a week, which made the perfect excuse to give them a whirl. I hope you still find my thoughts useful if you are looking for some hair care specially formulated for those occasions when your hair is subjected to extreme climates.

"Developed with over 60 years in hair and scalp health, 'Summer Solutions' guards against UV, salt, and chlorinated water damage."

My hair is coloured and really takes a battering on holiday. What, with the sun, salt, chlorine and...sweat I have to wash my hair daily after a day on the beach, or by the pool. I was super excited to see that Philip Kingsley has brought out a range of products that target the individual hair complaints that come with a week or two under the scorching sun. You'll have to forgive me, my bottles look a little worse for wear and are covered in sand - proof that they all joined me in my beach bag last week. If you like the look of any of these, you can find Philip Kingsley products online at lookfantastic.com or in store at Marks and Sparks. 


Sun Shield UV Defence - £18.70 This was the product I was most interested in as I've always believed in the need for a 'sunscreen' for your hair and scalp. I applied a generous offering of the light mist throughout my hair every day before hitting the beach. It isn't greasy in consistency and settles nicely. The formula contains sunflower seed extract and UV filters to help diminish the damage and dryness caused by the sun, the ocean or the pool. What's even better, is that the mist also helps with frizz control which is especially sassy in humid environments. 


After sun scalp mask - £17.00 No matter what I do, whether I rock my straw hat or a cute head wrap, I always catch the sun around my hairline and boy is it sore. This calming scalp mask was an absolute gem for applying and leaving on for 20 minutes or so before rinsing off. It is super soothing and cooling thanks to the chamomile and aloe extract. You can use this all year round, so don't reserve trying it just for a holiday because it leaves your hair super, soft and shiny and your scalp feeling zingy. 


Elasticizer Coconut Breeze - £19.50 It was the original Elasticizer that turned me on to Philip Kingsley products, having received a sample of the now, cult hair care product in a Glossybox. It really is a brilliant product that works as a pre-shampoo treatment to deep condition, add shine and reduce breakage and snapping. The latest iteration of one of my hair care staples includes a lush coconut, jasmine and almond scent that smells like holidays. It's also available in tub form rather than a tube which looks pretty cute in the shower. For my damaged hair, this product is a hero and if you try one thing from Philip Kingsley, try this.


Swimcap - £12.75 Originally created for the US Olympic synchronised swim team (wow) the Swimcap is a cream formula that guards against chlorine, salt water and UV damage - all while hydrating the hair. I applied a generous helping of this heavenly scented product every day and found that it helped make my hair less tangled and dry after a day sunbathing. I've heard that this beauty also helps prevent blonde hair from turning green. (Put the ketchup aside ladies) I can't say that my colour was any better extended after only a week of using this product however, the condition was certainly improved.


Instant Beach - £18.70 We all strive for those sexy, tousled waves that come with a day at the beach. I try to emulate them myself with a waving wand, but always end up with a Medusa style frow. Step forward the Instant Beach spray which is possibly the best 'beach wave'  spray i've tried (and there's been a few) It is salt-free, believe it or not, and contains elastin and meadowfoam to create bouncy, tousled waves without drying out your hair and leaving it crispy.

Which is your favourite Philip Kingsley product?

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Friday, 8 September 2017

STYLE: NEW SEASON PRIMARK HAUL - SEPTEMBER 2017


Whenever I walk passed Primark, I am a weak woman. I recently popped in for basic items such as a new pack of knickers (sorry, definitely not fancy here) and some leggings however, I left with considerably more items in my basket.

When you read this, I will be on holiday in Zakynthos therefore, some items were bought for that very occasion, and others well, Autumn init - almost. I found some pretty nice things in there despite a shift in the season.

New from Primark - Transitional Summer/Autumn 2017...
Oversized Stripe Shirt - £10

I would never describe myself as a blue and white striped shirt kind of gal. However, I recently bought a new pair of white skinny jeans and wanted to work a nautical, fresh and polished look. This oversized, roll sleeve shirt is so nice to throw on for comfort and style. I like to wear it with skinny jeans and loafers/pumps.


Yellow Printed Shift Dress - £10-£12 (Can't quite remember which)

I took this gorgeous canary yellow dress off a mannequin. Sue me. Yep I undressed a mannequin in the middle of a HEAVING Primark. I had to buy this in a size smaller than I would usually wear, so the arms are a little tight but the dress itself is pretty oversized. I was really taken with the print and ruffle detailing - not to mention the charming Autumn inspired botanical print. I will be wearing mine this season with black, opaque tights and ankle boots.


Velvet Embroidered Loafers - £8

Faux velvet, sea breeze shade, bee embroidery. SOLD. I saw these loafer pumps in both the turquoise and burgundy for £8. I opted for the blue as it was just so mesmerising. They're pretty rigid so take some breaking in before they wear like an old pair of slippers. I have been wearing mine all week and despite a few pinches and niggles, they look super dreamy. Perfect for this time of year when the weather has yet to dramatically change.


Satin Pyjama Set - £4.50 each

I am a sucker for pyjamas. I bought this satin duo with my pending holiday in mind. Obviously, when it's hot you just want to wear something cool and loose. I believe the whole set was £8 with the items sold separately. Perfect for throwing on when you're getting ready after a shower and the ditsy floral print is super cute.



Mustard Scarf - £6

Finally, I found myself magnetised to the new season scarves. This super snuggly mustard number really caught my eye! I love oversized scarves at the best of times and I am secretly excited for wearing this one with my oversized, fluffy coats when the air begins to nip.


Have you spotted anything exciting in Primark recently?

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

BEAUTY: NEW PURCHASES + BEAUTY IN MY BAG


If you were to reach under my desk and grab my handbag, you'd find your arm drooping under a rather weighty bag filled with both the neccisary elements and a bucket load of beauty products. It's true - My handbag seems to be the place where cosmetics congregate.

I recently took it upon myself to have a thorough clear out of my 'weekend bag' the prized and much loved Mulberry 'Roxanne'. By some mastery, I managed to whittle the beauty content down to a select few pieces.
Beauty in my bag...

I love scouring the reduced shelf in Boots - take it from me, you can quite often find some gems. Last week I found the L'Oreal Mega Volume 'Collagene 24h mascara' for about 3 quid. It's not the best mascara i've ever tried - but it certainly isn't the worst either. The formula is a little smudgey and tacky but the feathery brush digs deep into the lashes and irons out any clumps. I throw it in my bag anyway - anything has got to be better than droopy lashes worn out by meetings and computer screens.


The idea of a lip palette never really crossed my mind until I found 12 lipsticks in the bottom of my handbag. Also hanging out on the 'reduction shelf' is the L'Oreal Color Riche La Palette Extravaganza. The palette includes 6 x 1g of lipstick in a variety of sassy colours! I am a big fan of the Color Riche lipsticks and this palette includes some of my favourite bold shades to wear. Perfect for on-the-go. My favourite shades include the orange and the burgundy (Very reminiscent of MAC 'Fresh Moroccan.'  


Obviously I have to have a scent in my handbag for all those occasions when you need to give yourself a little pick-me-up. My perfume of choice is L'Aimant by Coty.


What beauty bits do you carry in your bag?
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