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Sunday, 25 November 2012

'Glamour Daze' from Mac

Yet again Mac cosmetics have brought out a fabulous collection called 'Glamour Daze' from their Holiday range. Mac have steered well clear of the typical holiday colours such as; reds and mountains of obvious glitter and have designed a colour collection that is suitable for everyone which leads the way on an alternative glamourous, hinting on the 60's look.


I couldn't resist a trip to the Mac store when I saw the collection online, many items had sold out (not surprising) so I purchased the items I was drawn to the most. 

The first thing I picked up was an extra dimension eyeshadow in the colour 'A Natural Flirt', a gorgeous champagne/nude with a strong undertone of light pink, shimmery colour. Very wearable as a wash of colour on the lids or incorporated into a stronger smokey eye.

 

The second extra dimension eyeshadow I bought was in the colour 'Evening Grey', a sexy silver/light gun metal grey shadow with a heavy shimmer. This colour, I would suggest is more of an evening (hence the name) look which could be accompanied simply with a black eyeliner or used in a smokey eye. 


The last piece I purchased from the collection is a lipglass in the colour 'Talk Softly To Me'. I amazingly have never bought any of the Mac glass' so I was very excited to try this one - I absolutely LOVE it!




I know the pictures below aren't particularly clear but I wanted to show you my interpretation of the 60's glamour makeup using 'A Natural Flirt' and 'Talk Softly To Me'. 






Sunday, 21 October 2012

Outfit Of The Night

BARGAIN ALERT!
I think I may have found the ultimate bargain, and found it was in Asda for £16!
George in my opinion are producing some gorgeous pieces that are; on trend, comfortable and very affordable without skimping on quality this season.

The bargain piece I'm raving about is this gorgeous Floral Jersey Wrap Dress:

This is what George says:
        With a relaxed cut that flatters grown-up curves and bold fabrics that spell confidence, the Moda collection injects personality into your look. Fluid pieces, rich colours and feminine details combine to create an organically chic capsule closet you’ll love. So make life less ordinary with exciting, elegant clothes that put you centre stage.

To me this dress just screams 'AUTUMN!', can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, I went to see 'The Blue Dukes' perform in a pub near Old Street last night.  I felt totally comfortable in this outfit even after the second glass of rose. Admittedly I needed some jewellery to complete the look and will be on the hunt for a mid-length necklace and possibly a statement ring.

 

I teamed the dress with a navy blazer - also from George, a tan bag (I love a tan bag!), black leggings and heeled brogue shoes in brown. 

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Outfit Of The Night

I went to one of those 'nice pubs' with great food and a real crackling fire last night for a family birthday in Oxfordshire. The bird print, sweetheart neck dress is from ASOS Curve, they have an almost identical dress in black (see previous post) a stretchy, easy to wear fabric. The jacket is also a jersey material which I feel gives the outfit a formal yet relaxed feel without looking like I'm going to an interview. 

Navy blazer - George 
Leggings - New Look
Shoes - New Look
Belt - Evans
Bracelet - River Island

The black and gold belt was a last minute decision, which looking back at the photo could have been a different colour possibly a neutral/tan to bring the blues together and highlight the pale pink and gold bracelet. I like these belts below - the gold bow belt from ASOS curve and the dark tan and gold belt from Evans.


 The outfit was really comfortable to wear, I would recommend the bird print dress as it can be dressed up or down accordingly.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Outfit of the Night

It was my partner's birthday a few days ago - the big '30' so we went out for dinner last night to celebrate properly.

I'm always on the look out for the ultimate 'little black dress' with sleeves but it seems designers overlook the importance of a dress with 3/4 sleeves and it's very difficult to find! I'm someone that doesn't really follow fashion to the absolute point, I like to be a bit different.
At the moment all I see when I go out are girls wearing short dresses with sweetheart necklines and yes some of them look AMAZING! However, some girls really get it wrong.
So being the rebellious person that I am, I like to wear shrugs or sleeves with my never above the knee dress!

When I saw this dress on ASOS I had to get it! Diamonds and Pearls has also blogged about this dress which encouraged me to purchase after it looked so flattering on her.

Dress - Asos curve
 The shoes are from New Look and are surprisingly comfortable. The clutch is a Julien Macdonald cream with metallic snake effect bag. The broach is from Ebay and the bracelet is from Fenwicks.

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Bridal Makeup

Hey everyone, I've finally found the time to blog and what a long time it's been! I feel like I've missed so much! I know how my afternoon will pan out :-)
As you know I'm getting married next year and I've have been doing lots of research - mainly on 'The Dress' and makeup top tips for the big day. I've watched lots of occasion/wedding makeup tutorials on Youtube, read LOTS of bridal blogs and created this look.

There are aspects of this look that I will change, this isn't the 'explored every possibility and this is my wedding makeup' look. I can't wait to try more products until I find the perfect combination.
I have oily/combination skin and I find it incredibly difficult to control oil and shine all day. I never really thought skin care was that important until realising the prep of your skin is number one. (I'll do a review on my skin care routine soon).

The first step in my daily routine is the wash my face with;
1. Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel foaming face wash.
2. Boots Tea Tree and Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion.
3. Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturiser.
4. Urban Decay's De-Slick Oil control makeup setting spray

The prep is done and now it's time for the makeup:
1. Benefit POREfessional primer
2. Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation
3. Estee Lauder Stay-in-Place Flawless Wear Concealer
4. Estee Lauder Double Wear Mineral Rich Loose Powder
5. Bareminerals brow colour 
6. Urban Decay Primer Potion
7. Eyeshadow; Grain, Orb, Wedge and Brun by Mac
8. Sleek's Eau La La Liner
9. Bobbi Brown eyeshadow used as liner
10. Maybelline's Volum' Express The Colossal mascara
11. Nars Laguna
12. Estee Lauder Rose Nuance blush
13. Mac's Creme Cup
14. Urban Decay's De-Slick Oil control makeup setting spray to finish 

The products I want to try are;
Smashbox's photo finish primer light, a lighter brow colour to give some depth, a natural long lasting lip liner, Nars Smudge Proof eyeshadow base, a slightly darker/cooler shade of lipstick, natural false eyelashes, a natural looking highlighter.

Anyone tried and tested any of these products or can recommend any long lasting products?

Sunday, 5 August 2012

OOTD

I love a maxi dress and decided this afternoon was a good opportunity to wear one out to lunch. This particular dress is my favourite as I love the colour and bird print. I love the colour combination navy and coral so opted for coral sandals highlighting the coral in the shrug. A pearl necklace and tan bag finish the look. 

Sunday, 22 July 2012

OOTD

So it definitely seems like summer has finally arrived with this weeks weather report looking promising! I bought this green summer dress quite a while ago but hadn't had the opportunity to wear it. The whole outfit is from my favourite shop - New Look.  


Monday, 9 July 2012

Outfit for a Wedding Day

I went to a beautiful wedding on Saturday in the lovely city of York and had an absolutely fantastic time! The Hospitium is set in the idyllic museum gardens and to be honest I was a little worried about the weather as the north had recently suffered flash flooding, however the weather was perfect. Lots of people came to picnic in the gardens catching a glimpse of the gorgeous bride and groom. 

Mr and Mrs Round

 
The surrounding gardens and inside The Hospitium for the ceremony.







I chose to wear a deep purple prom style dress with neutral/nude accessories.  Each accessory came from a different shop and although it was fun searching for complimentary colours, it became a very long process. 

Dress - New Look
Pashmina shawl - Fenwicks


After the meal and speeches we went back to the place we were staying to freshen up. I'm so glad we did as it gave me a chance to touch up and change my shoes as I couldn't bear them on any longer. I certainly underestimated the amount of pain I'd receive from a new pair of shoes, which is a shame as I thought they would be suitable for the day through to night.

Shrug - New Look
Sandals - Evans



Sunday, 1 July 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Last week I was tagged and nominated by http://www.adressisforlife.blogspot.co.uk/ for the Liebster Award! I know, I am very flattered especially as I'm quite a new blogger. 

Here are the rules for the award;
1. Each person must post 11 things about themselves.
2. Answer the questions the tagger has set for you plus create 11 questions for the people you've tagged to answer.
3. Choose 11 people and link them in your post.
4. Go to their page and tell them.
5. No tag backs.

Here are the 11 facts about me;
1. I love makeup - all different brands.
2. I've loved elephants since I was a child, I always think they're on the verge of telling me something - They're seem wise.
3. I get my partner or dad depending where I am to remove insects from my bedroom, any hour of the night.
4. I have acrylic nails and should probably have a break from them soon.
5. I have terrible hayfever.
6. My favourite weather is; a crisp, cold day probably in November/December with a hot sun in a blue sky. 
7. My feet and hands always have the matching nail colour.
8. I have oily/combination skin on my face, everywhere else is dry. 
9. I love jazz!
10. I'm getting married in 13 months.
11. I play the saxophone.


So here are the questions set for me to answer;
1. What's your favourite print?
I love an animal print but I'm really into the lace thing at the moment. Lace it is!
2.Lipstick or lipgloss?
Lipgloss
3. Zoo or theme park?
Zoo everytime.
4. What's your favourite drink?
Diet coke. Alcoholic - Cosmopolitan.
5. If you could only have one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Chicken roast dinner.
6. What's your favourite place to shop?
John Lewis/Fenwicks
7. What is your favourite film?
 Cape Fear (1991).
8. Where is your favourite holiday destination?
New York.
9. If you had a super power what would it be and why?
I would be able to click my fingers and be in a different place - like bewitched. You would get so much done!
10. What's your favourite animal?
Elephants.
11. What do you like to do with your spare time?
Listen to lots of music.

These are my questions for the blogs I've chosen;
1. Why did you start blogging?
2. What is you guilty pleasure?
3. How much money do you spend on your guilty pleasure a month?
4. Have you ever come out of the hair dressers and hated it?
5. What is your signature dish?
6. What is your favourite genre of music and why?
7. Have you ever been on TV?
8. What gift would you take to a wedding?
9. Mints or chewing gum?
10. Favourite shop to buy clothes?
11. Dessert island situation but you're only allowed 5 items, what are they?

Below are the 11 blogs I have chosen;

http://jazlovesblue.blogspot.co.uk/

I hope you love reading these blogs as much as me. 

Sunday, 24 June 2012

Products I'm Loving Right Now

I've not done a 'beauty products I'm loving right now' post before so thought it was about time I did one! I love trying out new products especially products that have been gifts for birthdays, anniversary's etc..

The first 'Product I'm Loving Right Now' is:
Crystal Noir from Versace
I acquired this perfume for my birthday last month and is something I wouldn't normally choose, purely because I spent most of my teenage years dowsed in Versace's Red Jeans, a scent I do not want to be associated with anymore! 

When I opened the box I automatically decided that I was going to like it, the bottle in the shape of a diamond was fast becoming my best friend. The deep purple glass bottle reminded me of; high-end fashion, glamour, vintage. The fragrance has an exotic, warm floral scent which is the result of the contradicting ingredients - Amber and Gardenia. I would say this perfume was a lot more pleasant after settling. Initially quite a strong, overpowering deep scent but mellowed after a few minutes which I was very pleased about. Although this fragrance is a deep, warm scent I like the way it makes you feel; sophisticated, elegant and mature. 



My second 'Product I'm Loving Right Now' is:
This mascara is my ultimate mascara which I wear day and night, I love it and I'll tell you why. 
  1. The formula makes my lashes appear longer with just one coat. 
  2. Coat number 2 makes my lashes appear as if they've doubled in thickness.
  3. The pigmentation is a true black with a glossy finish.
  4. Mascara does not move all day.
 The packaging isn't the prettiest compared with other high-street brands such as; Maxfactors Masterpiece Waterproof Mascara and Revlon's Fabulash Waterproof Mascara but I am willing to oversee as long as the formula stays the same.

I have tried many mascaras high-end, high-street but nothing comes close to Maybelline and I hope they never discontinue this product!

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Maxi All The Way Baby!

So I'm loving one of the spring/summer trends of this season which is of course, the MAXI skirt. Everywhere I go someone is rocking the maxi and I love the many different variations that are possible with this dark horse of a garment! 
 
maxi skirts Maxi Skirt Spring Trend 2012
Worn casually for a summery look or a more dressed up version like Kim and Beyonce, the possibilities are endless.



I have never owned a maxi skirt (not really sure why) and wanted a piece of the action so gave in and bought my first ever maxi skirt, which I love by the way! Very comfortable to wear and an excellent alternative to a maxi dress with a similar outcome. I decided to team the maxi with a pastel pink lace, peblum inspired top (another style I've never worn), a pearl necklace - a revisited obsession and a chiffon, floral shrug I find difficult to ensemble.
Shrug - New Look (Last season)
Pearl Necklace - Evans sale
Ankle Boots - New Look (Last season)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

The Body Shop Mini Haul

Since I was a child The Body Shop has always been a shop that I love going into, the smell and colours of all the different flavoured body butters just gets me going! I took advantage of the recent 20% off event, combining with my free birthday gift I couldn't resist picking up a couple of things. 

I've been looking for a moisturiser that claims to control excess oil, mattifies and has at least one natural ingredient since I can remember. I have the classic oily skin - produces excess oil throughout the day mainly in the T zone and I've tried various products to control it. I currently use Garnier's Purifying 24 hours moisturiser - 'formulated to hydrate and help purify and mattify your skin' (Garnier). I really like this product as it keeps my skin relatively clear and matte, however I still need blotting paper towards the afternoon hence still looking for a product that can deliver all day long. 

The first product from The Body Shop is; 

                                 Click for enlarged view

As soon as I saw 'Seaweed Mattifying Moisture' I started to get excited as this seemed to be the perfect combination of factors that I've been searching for. This product smells great and still has a tiny hint of scent under makeup. The product comes out in the consistency of a lotion - quite thin but as soon as it's rubbed in it almost turns into a thick moisturiser. I felt like it sat on my skin for quite a while and never really sank in or dried leaving my skin smooth but sticky, which I didn't like. The moisturiser did mattify my face, apart from my nose and chin (two areas I definitely did NOT want shine!). 
Overall I really like the Seaweed element to this product and SPF is always great in any product but for an oily skin I feel this moisturiser is a touch overpowering so will probably use as a night moisturiser rather than day.



The second product is;
Cheek Color Blush in the shade 02 Raspberry Pink 4g.


This is a beautifully soft, natural pink blush which glides onto the face and blends very well. This is a matte blush which is highly pigmented - a little goes a long way!  The blush (when applied with a fluffy brush) is slightly lighter than in the pan and would suit any skin tone, especially pale skin. I really like the way it enhances my skin without looking like I've got blush on giving the impression of a fresh face. This blush reminds me of Mac's 'Well Dressed', another favourite, however The Body Shop's version is a lot more affordable. 
Overall a fabulous product!

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Outfit of the Day

I have definitely taken advantage of this time off thanks to the Jubilee celebrations to see friends, shop (not just for me) and of course write more blog posts.

I went for a mini shop - a wander round (if you will) yesterday, I wasn't going in for a big session so knew I could get away with wearing some sort of a heel! Sometimes I find it difficult to pick an outfit which is comfortable and doesn't scream; 'TRAMP you need to buy a new outfit', so I felt this was headed more towards a 'made an effort so it's ok to buy makeup instead of clothes' outfit. AND it was comfortable.


Top - Evans (last season)
Cardigan - Marks and Spencer
Jeans - Evans Midwash Bootcut
Shoes - Evans (last year)

When it comes to makeup, I love choosing complimentary colours that will enhance the overall look. I chose Mac's Sumptuous Olive (a subtle green gold) for the lids with Mac's Brun blended softly in the crease and deeper on the outer corner. One of my favourite combinations.



 




On the cheek I chose Mac's blush in the shade Style which is one of my all time favourite Mac blushes. A peachy shade with gold undertones giving any face a natural glow. On the lips I chose Rimmel's Soft Coral, a peachy pink with a tiny amount of shimmer which I felt brought the whole look together.

Monday, 4 June 2012

May Favourites

I've really been looking forward to sharing my May favourites with you all as they are all fabulous! I love the month of May for three reasons; 

1. My birthday is in May
2. Spring is springing - cute baby animals
3. The word May sounds nice don't you think?!

My first product is a nail varnish I blogged about in 'Survival of the Pinks' a few weeks ago.  A Dress For Life commented on the post, went with her suggestion and I've not stopped wearing it all month!
The colour is Fruit Sangria by Essie which is a bright pink with a tiny hint of shimmer, although you can't really tell when it's on after two coats.

Fruit Sangria - Essie

The next product is my most worn lip product, not just in May but ever! I have literally worn this lip butter for 6 out of 7 days a week.  I usually get bored of the same product after a few days, which for me makes this an essential item.

The product is Revlon's lip butter in Strawberry Shortcake.  I initially bought four lip butters (Strawberry Shortcake, Peach Parfait, Cotton Candy and Sweet Tart) mid April but Strawberry Shortcake was the one I felt could be worn daily. The application is very smooth, no tugging and glides on with absolute ease. I can only describe the lip butter as creamy, almost velvety and I definitely saw a big difference in the plumpness of my lips after a few days of use. Would recommend and re-purchase! 


The final beauty product was supposed to be a funny present from my mum for my birthday. The joke was on her because I love it! I'm so glad she bought it as I was beginning to look quite pasty next to my 'just got home from the Caribbean' friend! 

The product is Garnier's Summerbody moisturiser in light.  I'm not good with fake tan, I've never found one that either doesn't stick to my dryer patches, is patchy everywhere and/or smells gross, so I was a bit skeptical about trying a moisturiser with a hint of self-tan. I was pleasantly suprised when I woke up on the first morning (after putting it on the night before) to find a very subtle, even colour. The product smells more like a summery moisturiser rather than a heavy fake tan which is great because I hate that off biscuit smell fake tan has. Recently re-purchased from Boots as I'm running low.



My only non beauty May favourite are the Jewelled T bar Sandals from Evans  I blogged about, a week ago in 'Summer Sandals'.

There are a few reasons why I love these sandals; 
  • They are instantly comfortable, no breaking in or plasters needed
  • They look gorgeous with any outfit, so versatile.
  •  They stay perfectly secure on your feet (even when walking furiously through London)
I would absolutely recommend these sandals and I'm hoping they'll make them in a different colour. 

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Outfit for a May Day

This weather seems to be so unpredictable at the moment so I've bought some summer clothes that can be versatile and worn in colder weather to. This dress is from New Look and is very similar to a dress from last year. I love the shape and print so had to get it!

Blue Pattern (Blue) Inspire Navy Floral Print Dress | 224005349 | New Look
New Look Inspire - Navy Floral Print Dress



I decided to team this dress with some black leggings from Evans, a black cardigan from Marks and Spencer's and some flat black pumps from New Look.

Remove cardigan, leggings and swap pumps for sandals and you have a summer outfit



I kept the makeup quite neutral using a Chanel palette for the eyes

OMBRES CONTRASTE DUO EYESHADOW DUO
The colour is 20 Taupe - Delicat

...Revlon lip butter shade - Cotton Candy