Saturday, 31 May 2014

A Summer Staple

Top // Topshop
Shorts // New Look
Jacket // American Eagle
Shoes // Converse 
Rings // Pandora
Braclet // Clogau
Socks // Primark

The Sun appeared today after a week of miserable wet and windy weather, so I decided to wear my new favourite summer shorts. I have always found denim shorts quite uncomfortable and have recently converted to the flowy cotton shorts. I now own three different pairs, so I am all set for the Summer months. This floral pair I found at New Look are a great way to wear the floral trend, just pair it with a plain cami or tee and your set with a perfect girly summer outfit. If it gets chilly towards the evenings throw on a denim jacket, it pairs perfectly with the floral print as your not adding more busy patterns on top. This outfit keeps me cool in the hot sticky heat, but also looks cute.

I hope this gorgeous weather is here to stay now and I'm definitely looking forward to Summer now. I would love to hear your thoughts on this outfit and whether it has given you inspiration to brighten up your Summer wardrobe. Thank you for reading.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Mac Peach Blossom | First Impressions

Hello everyone, you may know that a while back I picked up my very first Mac lipstick in 'Creme Cup' and did a first impressions post on it. Well recently one of my best friends, Christine went to America and brought me back another Mac lipstick in the shade 'Peach Blossom', which is yet another gorgeous shade.

Like all other Mac lipsticks it retail's for £15, but because my friend picked it up from the US it was slightly cheaper! I recommend doing your research on what shade to get before you purchase a Mac lipstick as you don't want to be disappointed after spending so much money on one.
At first glance 'Peach Blossom' looks very similar to 'Creme Cup' in the sense that it is a neutral toned pink shade. However comparing the two 'Creme Cup' is more of a blue toned pink whereas 'Peach Blossom' is a darker peach shade. Like 'Creme Cup' it is a creme-sheen finish, so is not overly matte, shimmery or drying on your lips. The formulation is really smooth, and it glides onto your lips without sinking into fine lines. I'm guessing that creme-sheen is going to be my favourite formulation of Mac lipsticks, I just love the way it looks and feels on your lips. The pigmentation is more sheer than opaque, which I actually like as it really nicely tints your lips to a 'your lips but better' shade. With closer glance of the lipstick you can see a hint of blue iridescent shimmer which isn't noticeable once it is on your lips. The actual colour is very build-able and can be made into a full peach/pink shade. I think this shade is perfect for the Spring and Summer months as it is a subtle way to wear a peach lip that isn't overly obvious. Like all Mac lipsticks I can't write a post on them without mentioning how good they smell! they honestly smell like sweets and vanilla. I think that like 'Creme Cup', 'Peach Blossom' is such a universal shade that would suit pretty much any skin tone as it's a versatile nude shade. Like most lipsticks though the lasting power isn't great and I do have to re-apply it throughout the day, I am yet to find a long lasting lipstick (sigh).

Overall I would recommend you to pick up this shade if your a pinky nude lover like myself. If you want to read about my impression of the 'Creme Cup' lipstick then click here. I know I will soon be building up a collection of Mac lipsticks, which is not to great for my bank account, they are for sure turning into my guilty pleasure!

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

How I Style Mom Jeans

Outfit 1

Sweater // Brandy Melville (similar)
Jeans // Topshop
Boots // Doc Martens
Watch // Tesco (similar)

Outfit 2

Top // Brandy Melville (no longer available) 
Flannel // Urban Outfitters
Jeans // Topshop
Converse // Office
Hat // Amazon

Outfit 3

Top // Topshop (similar)
Jeans // Topshop 
Converse // Office (similar to original) (faded diy)
Scrunchie // Adorned 
Watch // Tesco

I recently picked up a pair of 'Mom' jeans from Topshop. I have been eyeing them up for a while but didn't know if I could pull them off, they were definitely an impulse buy you could say. I picked them up for £40, which is a bit pricey but I know Topshop jeans fit me well and are good quality as I've owned so many pairs from there. After buying them I can now safely say that I am in love with them, I'm not 100% sure whether they actually do suit me but I still like them. A few people had been asking how I style them so I put together these three different Spring/Summer looks for these jeans as I know they can seem quite difficult to style. But you just have to balance out your top and bottom half with fitted tops or slouchy depending on the fit of your jeans and the look you are going for.

You can take inspiration from this post to create your own outfits or use the items completely. I hope you enjoyed my first 'How I Style...' post and that it helped you out. Thank you for reading.

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Real Techniques Brushes | Review

Once I got one set of the Real Techniques brushes, I knew I had to complete the collection. I currently own the 'Core Collection' and the 'Starter Set'. I first heard about these brushes all over YouTube and blogs about their high quality which of course I couldn't resist.

If you weren't already aware Real Techniques brushes are made by the lovely Samantha Chapman, who is a Youtuber. The sets retail for £21.99, which I think is a great deal for them as they are great high quality and you get four to five brushes per set! I picked mine up from Boots, but they are also available in Superdrug and online. 

The 'Core Collection' comes with four brushes for your face. It comes with a buffing brush, contour brush, detailer brush and the pointed foundation brush. This was the first set of brushes I got my hands on and I wasn't disappointed. All of these brushes are amazing quality, they are super soft and blend in all makeup beautifully. I use all of these brushes except for the pointed foundation brush simply because I prefer to buff my makeup in. When I wash these brushes, they wash really well and don't shed at all and once they are dried they are the same softness as before. All of the brushes are densely packed so will give your complexion a flawless finish.

Moving onto the 'Starter Set' which is based for you eyes. This set comes with the base shadow brush, deluxe crease brush, accent brush, brow brush and the pixel point eyeliner brush. I personally don't use most of these brushes for there title, I think they all have better uses I guess? I use the eyeliner one for my inner corner, the base shadow brush for blending and the crease brush for concealer. As you can see I like to break the rules. I love all of these brushes and how you can use them all to create different eye looks. Like the 'Core Collection', these brushes are just as high quality and don't shed after washing. The only brush I don't like from this set is the brow brush, I don't like it because I feel like it is to big to create a natural look with my brows. So unfortunately I get no use out of it.

Out of the two sets I own, I would have to say the 'Starter Set is my favourite one as I love to create different eye looks with it and I don't usually wear a ton of base makeup. If you are looking to try the Real Techniques brushes I think you should decide which makeup you wear most for example eye or base and take it from there. But overall they are a amazing affordable brushes, one of the best I have seen at the drugstore. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Soap & Glory Brow Archery | New On The Market

Recently it's been all about the brows, all celebrities have been going for bold thick brows. Unfortunately however not everyone is blessed with Cara Delevinge brows so we fake it. I'm going to be talking about the Soap & Glory Brow Archery, I have been seeing so many bloggers review this and YouTubers use it in their videos which is what made me want to try it. I picked it up at Boots for £10, which some people may find a bit expensive for a drugstore product but I had heard so much positive feedback of it I thought I would pick it up.

I got it in the shade 'Brownie Points' which is the darkest shade they do. The down side to this product is definitely their shade range,  as they only offer two shades that aren't massively different. So if your eyebrows are  very blonde or black this wouldn't work for you. 'Brownie Points' is still a little light for me and my brows aren't that dark. Brow Archery is a double ended product, on one end is a  wax pencil and on the other is a felt tip for your brows, yes a felt tip! I was mostly intrigued by the felt tip end when purchasing this product as I have never seen anything like it before. The pencil side has great pigmentation and if you use a fine hand with small strokes it creates a really soft natural look to your brows. I helps my brows also set into place with its waxy formula, so they don't end up going wild half way through the day.

The pen side is literally like one you would use to colour in with. I basically colour in my eyebrows again with fine strokes. It also has great pigmentation even though it is more liquidy. The pen side also creates a really natural yet defined look. Although it takes more time it can really looks like your eyebrows are naturally on point and you haven't even touched them. I think that the pen side has too be my favourite out of the two!

Overall if you are on the search for a new brow product that will give you a natural look, I suggest you check this out, but be careful with the shades. I love this product but I do wish they come out with more shades as the current ones definitely are not suited for everyone. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading.

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Sophisticated Jumpsuit

Crop Top // FD Avenue 
Jumpsuit // FD Avenue
Converse // Office
Scarf // Primark 

I am not usually one for wearing more formal outfits, I always prefer to go for the casual comfy outfits. But I have recently been loving this black jumpsuit from the lovely store FD Avenue*, it is so comfy as it's made from this stretchy material. I would highly recommend this store as everything is such good quality and they offer celebrity dupes for many outfits. Because I am more of a casual girl I dressed it down slightly with a white crop top and my white high top converse which you all know I wear too much. Adding those pieces adds a sort of sports luxe to the outfit. I thought the outfit was looking a bit plain so I added a tribal patterned scarf, which I have to admit is more Autumnal than Spring esc but I love it all throughout the year, it passes right? I didn't want to add any jewellery to this outfit because I wanted to keep it somewhat sophisticated and minimalist.  

I hope you enjoyed this post, be sure to check back here tomorrow for a beauty post! Thank you for reading.

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Polish | First Impressions

My nails were always really brittle and always peel, that's not good if as soon as your nails are lovely and long they break, which is what always happen to me. I have this weird thing with my nails that the first layer always peels off, does anyone else get that? So I decided to pick up this top coat that claims to strengthen your nails. It's the Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Strengthener. I picked it up from Boots for just £4.75, which I think is a great price even if it's just for a top coat.

I apply this just as a normal top coat over any coloured nail polish, and wait for it to dry. Overall it is a great top coat and has a really nice finish and shine to your nails. It helped my nail polish last a lot longer, I noticed without chipping. After 2 days there already seemed to be a difference in my nails and I do have to say they did seem to be getting stronger and they were no longer peeling as much. After I had removed it using my normal nail polish remover a week later, I  can honestly say my nails looked and felt a lot healthier. They don't bend or chip as easily which is a great benefit as they almost always used to bend and break. I also don't seem to get the weird peeling thing anymore either, which also is amazing!

If your considering buying this and thinking does it really work? then I suggest you pick it up and see if it works for you. Even if you don't notice a change in your nails like I did, it does make a great top anyway. I think this is an overall great product that really helped my nails. I hope you enjoyed this post and thank you for reading.

Saturday, 3 May 2014

Rimmel London | Brand Focus

Hello everyone and today I am back for yet another Brand Focus, I have recently been loving writing these sort of posts, I hope you like to read them! 

This brand focus is going to be based on Rimmel London, which in my opinion is a very hyped up drugstore brand. You hear more about Maybelline and Revlon these days. However Rimmel is still a good quality, affordable brand.

One thing I feel Rimmel is widely know for is their eyeliners. They offer a range of amazing well pigmented eyeliners. I have three: two liquids and one kohl. The first one I have is the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Liquid Liner in 'Black', if I am honest I don't really like this particular eyeliner. It has a really small nib, which is great for precision but not the easiest of applications. I also found it dried up really quickly and didn't last long at all. 

The next I have is the Rimmel London Exaggerate Liquid Liner , this is more of a runnier formula and because of that really glides onto the lids with easy application. I much prefer the nib on this, although it is fat you can altar the width of the line with ease. It is also jet black, stays on your lids and doesn't flake off.

The last eyeliner I have is the Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Kohl Eyeliner in 'Nude', I apply this on my waterline and it really helps brighten your eyes up and make them appear bigger. This isn't hard on you eyes it is a smooth application and glides well into your eyes and waterline.

Next I have the Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 'Ash', again this is another let down product for me. I don't like this pencil as it doesn't blend well and it isn't soft. It is a really hard pencil and doesn't come of well onto your brows unless you warm it up. Even after that personally on my brows doesn't give a natural look, but a drawn on look. I think I may have got the wrong shade though as many people seem to love it.

The most raved about product by Rimmel has to be their Stay Matte Pressed Powder. This is the only powder I use and I think it is an  amazing drugstore powder. Out of all of the powders I have used, this is by far my favourtie. I keeps your skin matte throughout the day and prevents excess oil build up. It also helps your makeup from creasing and stay on all day.

I them have a Rimmel Single Shadow in 'Jet Black', I use this shadow to sometimes set my eyeliner if I am wearing any on the waterline, I also like to smudge it out on my lower lash line. This shadow is well pigmented and is smooth to go onto the lid. However I do find it to be a little chalky textured when applying it. But all round I think for the shade I have it is an OK eye shadow, but nothing special.

Lastly I have a Rimmel Top Coat. I love this topcoat and will use it on its own too for school. It gives a really nice finish to any nail polish and it prevent your polish from chipping. When I don't wear this top coat I notice my nail polish I'm wearing will chip after a day, but when I wear it they can last for up to a week without chipping! I think this an amazing top coat for the price!

Overall I think Rimmel is an underrated brand and offers a lot of really good products, but then again some not so good but it's the same for all brands. I would recommend you try something out from Rimmel, although it isn't my favourite brand it might be yours. Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this post.

Friday, 2 May 2014

Polka Dot Dungarees & Frilly Socks

 Top // FD Avenue*
Polka dot dungarees // House of Jam*
Denim Jacket // American Eagle
Frilly socks // Topshop
Shoes // Schuh

Excuse my extremely pale legs I'm one of those people who doesn't tan easily, I turn more red than tan. Anyway the weather was so sunny. I decided to wear this gorgeous polka dot dungarees that I got sent by the lovely House of Jam*. It is amazing quality and is perfect for the upcoming months. I paired it with this plain white crop tee and I love the way it looks with it, it doesn't overpower the dungarees. For shoes I added some white frilly socks with the school inspired patent shoes, I think the frilly socks look so cute with the shoes and add to the School look. You could say this is a complete monochrome look. But because I didn't want it to be all black and white I threw on this denim jacket from American Eagle, it's slightly distressed so adds a hint of grunge to the outfit. I didn't add jewellery as I didn't think the outfit really needed it. 

I love this vintage style outfit for the Spring and Summer, you could even throw on a pair of tights and wear it in the winter! I hope you enjoyed this outfit post and Thank you for reading.