Today New Look have asked me to talk about prom dresses! I didn’t even hesitate when they asked me, I love prom dresses! The last prom (we called it a ‘Leaving Do’) I attended was when I left sixth form, many years ago. Ok it was 12 years ago, eek! I couldn’t find any photos (phew!) but I remember I wore a floor length strapless fitted gown made of shimmery peach coloured taffeta. It was amazing – at the time! Hey it was 2002, don’t judge me!
There weren’t and still aren’t many options for posh frocks where I live, the basic idea was you were expected to wear a full length gown, so I went to my local frock shop and I remember hating everything. When I saw the peach dress I thought it was ok, then I had a seamstress fit it properly for me and I loved it!
My latest prom dress experience was at my wedding last year. I had an amazing Justin Alexander wedding dress but was concerned about ruining it by either dropping food down it or ripping the train at the evening reception with everyone drinking and things getting a bit lary! So I hunted for what seemed like forever to find the perfect vintage prom dress. I looked everywhere I could find online, ebay, etsy, you name it. I was even looking at US sites and considering importing one. Then I just happened to be wandering round my local town and strolled into a shop I’d never been in before, it had a small selection of vintage clothes at the back, and there it was - the dress! It was an original 1950′s turquoise blue calf length prom dress, with a fitted body, circle skirt and sequinned netting. It was perfect, and obviously meant to be! I bought it straight away wore this for the evening party with a pair of ASOS holographic shoes to jazz it up a bit I loved wearing this dress so much, it’s perfect for dancing in!
To celebrate how prom dresses, styles and looks have evolved over the decades. New Look have put together a mini interactive graphic…
I hope you enjoyed my post! xxx
Makeup Revolution have been at it again and have brought out a whole load of new products in their I Heart Makeup range! I have two new eyeshadow palettes called I Heart Passion, which is neutral / purples based, and I Heart Sin, which has some bright bold colours and a couple of neons in there too!
These new I Heart palettes have 16 shades which are a mixture of mattes and shimmers. These fall under the ‘Wonder Palettes’ category on the site, and sit with the two ‘Chocolate’ palettes. They cost £7.99 each, making each shadow about 49p.
The I Heart Sin palette has seven neutral shades, including black, greys and browns, and nine bright shades including purple, neon pink, blue, green and neon yellow. My preconceptions of this palette made me hope for great things with the shimmer shades, but not expect to much with the mattes. I was hoping I’d be proven wrong though as both the neon shades have matte finishes and I was really excited about these colours!
So if you take a look at the swatches, the shimmers do win hands down as expected. The two gold and brown shades, Golden Gun and Greed is Good were absolutely stunning, it was almost as if they’d been applied wet, the pigmentation was amazing and the colour was so intense! The two neons on the other hand were unfortunately not quite as exciting. The colour was great, and the pigmentation looked good too, they just didn’t apply very well and were quite chalky.
And now on to the I Heart Passion palette! This one is more neutral based, it has some lovely muted greys and purples. Again this has seven matte shades and nine shimmers.
There are some fab shimmers in this palette, I love the intense blue of Never Never and the deep green of Catch Your Eye. The I heart Passion palette definitely has more wearable, every day colours, but then I do love those two gold shades in the I heart Sin palette, I think I’m torn!
You’ve probably noticed I’ve written quite a few Makeup Revolution reviews lately, if you’re interested in reading any more of my posts you can check them out here -
So what do you think? Will you be grabbing one of these palettes?
This post contains samples provided for review
So it would appear that hot on the heels of MAC’s The Simpsons collection, another collection will be arriving this autumn – A Novel Romance! I found these images whilst scouring online and had to share them with you! I love that the promo images are made to look like cheesy romance novels! The colours in the collection look gorgeous too, with lots of muted tones which will be perfect for the changing seasons. This is also a massive collection with a large range of products to choose from, so there should be something for everyone!
- Myself – a bright, shiny beige (luster)
- A Novel Romance- bright, cool pink (cremesheen)
- Good Kisser – fuchsia (matte)
- Hearts Aflame – red clay (matte)
- Lingering Kiss – plum red (Matte)
- Yield to Love – dark pink (cremesheen) only available online
- Bared for You – delicate pink
- Reckless Desire – transparent lavender with a shade of grey
- Pure Fiction – purple roses
- Wanting More – pale lavender
- Talk Sexy – dark purple
- Haute & Naughty Lash Black Too Black
- Fun Ending – Neutral peach (Satin)
- Animal Instincts – glossy plum (frost)
- 213 Fluff
- 224 Tapered Blending
Shade Kit: A Romance Novel
- My Fantasy – Organic Olive (VELUX pearl)
- Fall in Lust – pink with gray (frost)
- Dance in the Dark – dark brown (matte)
- Rising Passions – earthy green with gold pearl (velvet)
Shade Kit: An Amorous Adventure
- Sable-gold plum with bronze pearl (frost)
- Sex & The Oyster – sea green (VELUX pearl)
- Brawn – plum brown (Satin)
- Black Tied – Black with silver flash (velvet)
Shade Kit: Passion Quest
- The Wrong Man – a bright, cool pink (satin)
- Serenade – pink with blue pearl duochrome (VELUX pearl)
- Brazenly – aubergine (VELUX pearl)
- Stay Sultry – dark purple (satin)
- Before Dawn – green with gray
- Midnight Storm – dark magenta
- Sunset Sky – purple
- Midnight Loss – dark purple
- Midnight Ocean – royal blue
- Midnight Sky – dark graphite
Fluid Line Eye Pencil
- Atomic Ore – Gold
- Earth Sign – dark brown
- Deep Blue Sea – dark blue ocean
- Metropolis – metallic gray
- Water Willow – khaki green
- Evil Twin – blue with violet
- Black Brilliance – Black
- 242 Shader
Electric Cool Eye Shadow
- Pure Flash! - Champagne
- Love Power – bright, shiny pink
- Superwatt – bright, shiny gray brown
- Coil – Copper Brown
- Gilded Thrill – gold (frost)
- Switch to Blue – an intense cobalt
- Highly Charged – intense purple with pink pearl
- BlackLite – black with multi-dimensional pearl
Original info found here.
Today I want to tell you about a lovely new company I’ve discovered called Di Palomo.
Di Palomo was started by three friends in Devon whilst recalling their memories of time spent together in Italy. They currently offer four different ranges, Tuscan Rose, Wild Fig & Grape, Orange Blossom, and Wild Grape. Each collection comprises of a whole host of bath, body and fragrance products, including fragrance, body butter, candles, lip balm and soaps.
Since that very first inspiration, quality, style and attention to detail have been combined to create a truly indulgent collection of bath, body & fragrance products. Exquisite packaging, and complex fragrances, instantly take you to scene of the inspiration … from a Tuscan farmhouse in the early morning to an evening walk through the orange groves or a vineyard overlooking an Italian lake.
They’ve kindly sent me a couple of products from their Orange Blosson range to try out, I have the EDP fragrance and Lipbalm -
The Orange blossom EDP (£25) is a soft, sweet fragrance, inspired by an early evening walk through orange & olive groves above the Bay of Naples. With top notes of, bergamot, mandarin & orange blossom leading to middle notes of jasmine, honey & geranium, resting on a base of sandalwood, olive, amber & musk. This fragrance just takes me straight to the Tuscan countryside, I close my eyes and I’m transported there – God I need a holiday abroad, ha ha!
The Orange Blossom Lip Balm (£4) is a luxurious lip balm with beeswax and shea butter that melts on the lips to give a soft shiny finish with a subtle tint. This lip balm is so fabulous, it smells just like oranges and I can’t stop using it! It makes my lips feel soft and supple for hours.
So what do you think? Don’t these products sounds gorgeous!
I hope you enjoyed my review xxx
This post contains samples provided for review
Well do I have some pretty little treats to show you today! How absolutely sweet, gorgeous and pretty is this little nail polish set! I just happened to be a lucky monkey and won them in a Facebook competition the other week, yippee!!
It’s likely you won’t have heard of Soigne Botanique as they’re brand new kids on the blog. There are a few reviews popping up on the blogosphere now though so make sure you look them up! Also, they’re so new their website isn’t even up and running yet! Soigne wanted to give nail polish and beauty fanatics a little taster with this fab competition, and I’m definitely not left disappointed!
Here’s a bit more about the company -
SOIGNÉ nail polishes Contain up to 85% plant-sourced raw materials and free of harmful carcinogens. SOIGNÉ provides luxury, fashion forward nail colours with natural ingredients, and contemporary design. Created and manufactured in France.The superiority of the SOIGNÉ nail polish formula and the attention to detail are what makes SOIGNÉ unique – the experience is all encompassing luxury from start to finish.
SOIGNÉ offers the opportunity to own show-stopping, on-trend colours, with luxury and highly collectible, reusable packaging that you’d be proud to display on your dressing table. The SOIGNÉ Core Collection holds an array of cult classic neutrals as well as some show-stopping shades to add some serious colour to any outfit.
So this is the ‘Macaron’ collection, of course! Perfectly packaged in a baby pink quality cardboard box with gold detailing, on opening the box the polishes are hidden behind greaseproof paper (sorry that sounds very home ec’! I’m sure there’s a better word for it than that but I have no idea what that might be!) If you’ve ever bought a box of posh macarons you’ll know this is just like the sort of packaging they come in. And then on to the colours! You’re treated to five 10ml bottles in an array of stunning pastel shades, with one bright coral shade for good luck!
From left to right the colours are as follows – Pistache, Lavande, Caramel, Fruit de la Passion, and Petale de la Rose. I mean even the names a gorgeous!
All I can say is these colours are divine, you’ll want three coats for full opacity and I predict Soigne Botanique is definitely going to be big this summer! I can’t wait to see what other colours they come up with!
I hope you enjoyed my review xx
Today I have another new offering from Bourjois for you, the fabulous Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara!
I’m a big fan of the 1 Seconde nail polishes which have been around for a while now, so when I heard of the new 1 Seconde mascaras I was eager to try them! Bourjois promises to give you instant clump free lashes, with 360 degree volume.
This mascara comes with a special patented brush, ooh err! Inspired by professional hair styling brushes, it has spherical bristles that claim to perfectly wrap lashes for 360° volume and straight bristles to create clump free definition. The standard version offers 16 hour hold, and the waterproof version offers 24 hour hold. This all sounds pretty good, hey!?
So how did it actually do? Well, I love it. I mean I really love it. It applied easily and comfortably – I say comfortably because sometimes a mascara brush can be too spiky and kind of hurts your eyes. Anyway there was none of that with the 1 Seconde, it made my pretty stumpy lashes look full and definitely longer, and I have to say this is my new go-to mascara! It also came off easily with my usual cleanser too so I’m a happy bunny all round!
I’d love to hear if you’ve tried this? xxx
You can pick up the Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara for £9.99 from Boots xxx
If you love Bourjois as much as I do please take a look at my previous post where you can check out some of their fab new releases for Summer 2014!
This post contains a sample provided for review