Wednesday, 5 February 2014

The Perfect Red; Illamasqua Box

 I firstly want to apologise for being so MIA, I have been dealing with stuff and in the wake of it been spending quality time with family and my mum and embrace family, I have missed writing and interacting with you guys and I’m now back on the wagon!

So I’m a sucker for red lipsticks, I love the classic blue-red colour and I find it compliments me and my personality and usual style perfectly, it’s the right balance of cheeky and sophisticated and hey doesn’t it make us all feel the ultimate Marilyn Monroe?!

A few weeks ago my mum and I where browsing illamasqua lipsticks, my mum picked up Shard and I picked up Box, I loved the matte red on the girl serving me and decided  I must have it. It retails at £16.50 which isn’t much difference to MAC in all honesty and the girls who severed me where so lovely I couldn’t resist.

I think the name Box reminds me of a typical British red phone box with its perfectly polished quintessentially English exterior. I got it home and being me opened it and starting swatching...

I firstly applied this minus lipliner, I’ve never had a problem with lipstick bleeding into my skin, and bleeding wouldn’t bother me if my lips weren’t already big and rather thick. Box did bleed for me with no liner and smudge a lot around the lines of my lips so commence liner! I used a cheap liner, one of my favourites from MUA in just a red (I don’t have a picture, naughty me!) and I also used this to fill in my lips.

Then Box glided on and set matte, I also patted on some translucent powder as I do with all matte lippy to ensure it stayed matte and stayed put, but make sure its translucent to avoid concealer lips with a hint of rose... I fell in love.

The colour lasts. I think this is because its matte, I’m not saying it stays perfect, it wore off a little in the centre from everyday use for example eating and coffee drinking, but the nice thing is that I’m not left with naked lips, the colour acts almost as a stain and left a red hue on my lips which from a distance still looks like the lipstick and believe me I do not get close enough to anyone to think that my lipstick is rubbing off!

For me this is the perfect lipstick, I’m personally not a fan of glossy reds, I think red and gloss is often a bit too much and I prefer the finish of matte lipsticks however much hard work it is to maintain the colour payoff and lasting power of them.

Have you tried box? What is your favourite illamasqua lipstick and most important Matte or gloss? 

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Friday, 31 January 2014

ELF Valentines Day Challenge!

So this year I will be spending my Valentines alone, with my cat, again. But when I saw on the ELF Facebook page they were looking for bloggers to complete their ELF Challenge, I thought what a better way to celebrate than with make-up.
I've been a fan of ELF for a very long time, in face their brushes and lipsticks were my first steps into make-up so I was more than happy and excited to complete this challenge. 
I was overjoyed to see all the bits and pieces inside the package I was sent and had a lot of fun and experimenting with what I wanted to do.
The look I created is a sultry, smoky look, I think this would be more suited to a dinner or evening out or if you're spending Valentines Day alone like me, this look would be great to wear for a night on the town with the girls! 

Hit read more to see how I fared on this challenge!

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Face of the Day; Pretty in Pink

Foundation; Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum // Concealer; MAC Prolongwear in NW15 // Powder; MAC Studio Fix in NW15 // Bronzer; Rimmel // Blush; eBay Blush Palette // Eyebrows; MUA Matte brown powder and Loreal Brow Artiste // Eyeliner; MAC Blacktrack // Mascara; Benefit They're Real // Lips; Revlon Matte Balm in Elusive (Review here
This look is what I wore to work the other day, I was so excited to wear the Revlon Balm and loved it, it stayed all day and I think it really stood out amongst my usual quite natural eye and face makeup.

Let me know what your go to make-up look is in the comments!
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Monday, 27 January 2014

January Favourites!

So today I decided to do a post on this months favourites from TV shows to beauty applicators, I would love to know your favourites of the month and any moments you have enjoyed, so be sure to visit my comments section after your read!

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Favourite Music 
I have really loved The 1975 this month, I have been listening to Girls and Chocolate on repeat and I have gotten hold of all of their albums and EP's. I can't wait until these guys tour again as I was late in getting tickets this year. *sad face* 

Favourite TV show
I have been loving NCIS, it is an american TV crime show, a little more lighthearted than Law and Order... I also love 'Abbie's' gothic, grunge style and she is of course my favourite. 

Favourite Book
My favourite read this month is my Chanel Autobiography, I will be doing a review on this book soon, Chanel is by far my favourite designer and I have loved sitting in starbucks with this book learning about such an amazing, stylish lady and her legacy. 

Favourite Nail Polish
I haven't taken Essie Raspberry off my nails all month! I'm in love with Summer colours whilst its icy outside. 
Read my full review here.

Favourite Make Up item
My favourite make up product was Revlons Newest releases, the Laquer and Matte Balms.
I did a full review on these here.

Favourite Fragrance 
My Boss Orange fragrance was one I had never picked up before, but my mum bought me this for Christmas as I really like it, it is a deep floral scent and is described as; 'BOSS Orange Woman opens with an uplifting burst of sweet apples, a subtle and light-hearted middle note of white flowers but with a soulful base of creamy vanilla and olive woods.'

Favourite Fashion Item 
So far my favourite winter fashion item has been my manish oversized jacket which was an amazing buy from TU at Tesco unusually, it is one of a kind and has the biker-ish feel I love too. 

Favourite Accessory
My favourite accessory was also a sale buy from Topshop it is the oil slick heavy chunky chain necklace and was reduced from £15 to £3! I snapped it up and it goes with everything and it is most definitely my buy of the month. 

Favourite Beauty Accessory
My beauty blender has been my best friend and has made applying my Loreal True Match an absolute dream. I cannot wait to see how it works with other foundations.  
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Saturday, 25 January 2014

S/S 14 Trends; The High Street does brights

Burberry// Henry Holland // Mulberry // Ralph Lauren // Burberry // DKNY 

We all love pretty high end clothes and I am no different, I often find that high street collections tend to follow suit with their collections. 

I have decided to start a series on the high street replicates of the Spring Summer 2014 trends and I am starting with my favourite by far- brights and pastels. I could've used all the Burberry shots from their runway show but I hunted some others down and my personal favourite is by far the Henry Holland dress.
This week it is my Nastygal find, they're a US site and ship to the UK and do some really unique gorgeous pieces, here are my picks.

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 
I personally love these pieces and I think these are staple spring/summer pieces and I've included both casual and formal wear.

Let me know what your favourite trend is and keep an eye out for the next instalment!
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Friday, 24 January 2014

Chatty Friday! Gap Years!

As mentioned in my last chatty Friday and also in my ‘About me’ I’m living it up on a gap year! I distinctly remember googling ‘gap year’ looking for experiences and blog posts, but there really wasn’t very much to read so I decided to post my own experience so far for this Chatty Friday! So if you’re on a gap year or are looking at taking one read on!

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

MAC Prolongwear Concealer Review!

Today I’m reviewing my new holy grail concealer, this one is already famed among bloggers so I decided to take out my purse and bite the bullet, and boy am I glad I did! 
Read on for my full review!

Monday, 20 January 2014

Breakfast at Tiffanys

Jacket; Tesco // Jumper; Marks & Spencer // Jeans; Joni Jeans@Topshop // Bag; Topshop // Shoes; Topshop // Watch; Marc Jacobs // Necklace; Topshop

I love nothing more than dressing up but I also equally love casual days like today when I can chuck on my beloved jeans, a simple crew neck jumper and some statement accessories and feel comfy. 
Today I opted for a more toned down look for a day out with my wonderful family and I loved my outfit so I thought I would blog about it!
This outfit is all about the accessories; I love the way the watch and the chunky necklace I picked up in the sale work so well together, they add points of focus and detail and look great with such a simple, staple outfit, and of course my manish biker jacket which is so warm and cosy yet looks great on too, it is by far my favourite item in my wardrobe at the minute. 
Let me know what you thought of this outfit below and tell me what your staple winter item is! 
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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Disappointing Product #1: Garnier Moisture Match Face Cream

As a bit of a skincare fanatic, I have made my way through many moisturisers and face creams, and about a year ago discovered a love for all things Garnier. I had a run-in with their beautiful BB cream and their body moisturiser and when I ran out of my facial moisturiser from Simple, I immediately hit the Garnier shelves and grasped their latest release at the time the- Moisture Match Mattifying Face Cream in a small green tub suitable for ‘combination to oily skin’ and oh how I wish I didn’t, read on for my full review.

Saturday, 18 January 2014

Revlon Matte and Lacquer Balm Review!

 I've heard so much about these Revlon Laquer/matte balm stains that when I went  into boots I HAD to pick up two of my staple colours for lips this season. Elusive and Demure are both gorgeous pinky nudes and have really impressed me, read on for my full review.

Thursday, 16 January 2014

When Alice met wonderland

Dress; Topshop // Jacket; TU // Leggings; H&M // Boots; Nastygal // Scarf; Primark  // 
Watch; Marc by Marc Jacobs

I stumbled upon this printed dress in the sale in Topshop, I'm usually all in black but I couldn't resist this gorgeous baby-doll dress and I bit the bullet and bought it. However here in England we're still in the depth of winter so I love pairing this cutesy dress with heavy wintery black accessories and my boyish black jacket. I love the look and makes a difference from my black attire.
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Tuesday, 14 January 2014

NOTD: Essie Raspberry!

I found raspberry in a set of 5 Essie polishes which I picked up in TK Maxx for £9.99! I was shocked and estatic because essie is probably my favorite nail brand. I fell in love with this colour so I just had to share it with you all!
Hit Read More to see my full review!

Monday, 13 January 2014

Face of the day; Natural work day

Foundation; Loreal True Match // Concealer; MAC Prolongwear // Powder; MAC Studio Fix // Bronzer; Rimmel Natural Bronzer // Blush; ELF blush and contour kit, St Lucia // Eye brows; Loreal Brow Artiste // Liner; MAC blacktrack and Illamasqua // Mascara; Benefit 'They're Real!' // Lipstick; Loreal Collection Privee in Doutzen // Highlight; MUA white eyeshadow
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Saturday, 11 January 2014

Loreal True Match Foundation Review!

Loreal True Match Foundation in W1 Golden Ivory
Ever since seeing this plastered over YouTube and blogs I couldn't resist giving a try and seeing if it was all worth the hype it was receiving. 
Read on to see my views... 

Friday, 10 January 2014

I'm back! Chatty Friday!

Hello my lovelies,

Well it's been about 6 months since I posted on here and I'm finally getting this blog back up and running!

So as I wanted to get you all up to speed I renamed this post to 'Chatty Fridays' a new segment on my blog. 

So in September I decided to take a gap year and defer my offer from Manchester, I then took an extended contract at work so now I work full time and I am planning my trip to Camp America! 

I hope to post on here at least every other day and keep you all updated on my life and of course get back to posting regularly, starting with a few drafts I had written before my break but I know you will all still like to read. 

If you have any more suggestions on what I should post let me know, and if there are any products you want me to read through just post it in the comments below and I will get round to it!

Love you all beauties.