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My Autumn Fashion Wishlist

Posted on September 22, 2015

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Hi Guys!

Did you know Autumn is officially upon us as of tomorrow? (according to Google anyway) It’s suddenly turned super cold here, resulting in me living in jogging bottoms, my other half’s chunky socks and my red blanket – what a great look hey!

Because of the sudden cold turn in the weather, I’ve also been considering what to update in my wardrobe. On one hand I want to wait till I’ve lost more weight before buying anything new, but on the other hand I love A/W fashion and I JUST WANT TO BUY ALL THE THINGS!

So, out with my beloved yet flimsy (only because they’re made of fabric) Schuh flats I’ve been loving all summer, and in with some sturdy shoes and boots I think! I also really want to get a cape or a wrap of some sort. I’m not sure which though yet, but I think worn right they can look really smart and chic.

Sticking with a seasonal palette of browns, greys and neutrals – with some gold jewellery of course, I’ve put together my top Autumn picks from some of my favourite fashion stores –

  1. Avelon Skinny Fit Trousers from Farfetch
  2. Chronicle Ring Set from Nasty Gal
  3. Givenchy Three Row Bracelet from Selfridges
  4. Vivien Westwood Primrose Zip Tote Bag from Daniel Footwear
  5. Moschino Bear Earrings from Selfridges
  6. Label Lab Lightweight Side Split Dress from House of Fraser
  7. Roll Neck Poncho from Esprit
  8. Matisse Nugent Ponyhair Ankle Boot from Nasty Gal

I’d love to hear if any of these take your fancy?

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

Clarins Autumn Makeup Collection

Posted on July 22, 2015

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Hi Guys!

It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of Clarins’ makeup (and I may have just bought some more products too, oops!) It feels like we’ve barely seen the sun this year, but already there are whispers of Autumn / Winter on the fashion and beauty scene, and now the Clarins Autumn Collection has literally just landed on my doorstep!

As much as I love the summer, there’s always something really appealing about fall makeup to me (can I say fall? I know I’m in the UK but it just feels right to say that!) I love the darker hues, the more intense shades and the fact that makeup suddenly feels a bit more sophisticated after the brighter shades of summer.

Here’s a bit more info about the collection –

This season Clarins indulges you in this seductive colour collection allowing you to create a natural look using soft beige and fresh pink shades for daytime or a sultry, intense evening look using smoky purples and mesmerising carbon black. A collection that focuses on the eyes, allowing you to naturally emphasise and highlight, effortlessly transforming you from day to night.

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First up is the Limited Edition Pretty Day 5-Colour Eyeshadow Palette (£33.00)

I love a palette – and especially if it’s the right size to fit in my makeup bag! This super pretty palette is definitely the stand out item in this collection for me. It consists of five wearable matte and shimmer finish eye shadows contained in a high-shine gold case. The size of the palette is just perfect for travel and the shades offer a beautiful selection including beige, pink, shimmering taupe, as well as matte and shimmering warm browns. The shadows are all super soft and finely milled, and just perfect for a natural daytime look.

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Next is the Ombre Matte single eyshadow (£19.00)

My first experience with Clarins’ Ombre Single Eyeshadows was from their Limited Edition Aquatic Collection, this is the first Matte shade I’ve tried though and it’s just beautiful! 08 Heather is brand new to the Ombre collection, it has a gorgeous cream-to-powder formula that offers the comfort and smoothing effect of a cream with the fine quality and hold of a powder. This silky, lightweight eye shadow is a dream to apply resulting in a quick, easy and flawless look. The two new Ombre shades include 07 Carbon and 08 Heather.

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Next is the Eyebrow Pencil in 02 Light Brown (£17.00)

Brows are not, and have never been my thing. So any product that makes them look better with minimal effort will always be a winner in my books! This Eyebrow Pencil has a really nice firm texture for precision application, as well a a spoolie brush at the other end for taming any unruly brows. Clarins has also incorporated a new formula into this product, giving long-lasting colour for perfect brows all day long. Available in 01 Dark Brown, 02 Light Brown and 03 Soft Blonde.

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And the Crayon Khôl Eyeliner Pencil in 01 Carbon Black (£17.00)

Now eyeliner definitely is my thing! I often use coloured eyeliner, but I’m always on the hunt for the perfect shade of black too. 01 Carbon Black is one of two new Crayon Kohl shades, and it really is the blackest of blacks! The formula of this pencil is just spot on, it’s soft and blendable whilst being firm enough to deliver accurate straight lines. Clarins has also included a natural hair brush at the other end of the pencil so you can smudge and blend to your heart’s desire! Available in 01 Carbon Black and 10 True Violet.

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And lastly the Rouge Eclat Lipstick in 22 Red Paprika (£19.50)

The Autumn Collection also brings with it two new shades of Rouge Eclat lipstick in 21 Tawny Rose and 22 Red Paprika. Red Paprika is a beautiful burnt orange red shade, with a sightly sheer finish. I love that the Rouge Eclat lipsticks offer skincare benefits as well as colour, by protecting lips and visibly minimizing fine lines. The Nutri-Youth Complex protects lips against dehydration and boosts collagen, Vitamin E protects against free radicals and 100% plant waxes including mimosa, jojoba and sunflower provide instant comfort. This lipstick is super creamy and comfortable to wear – my dry lips just love it!

The Clarins Autumn Makeup collection will be available to purchase from August at Clarins.

I hope you enjoyed my post xxx

This post contains press samples

The Perfect Autumn Lip – MAC Fast Play

Posted on October 9, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Today’s review is a gorgeous lipstick from MAC called Fast Play. Described as a neutral pink with an Amplified Creme finish, this really is the perfect autumnal shade. I actually bought this last September as I was looking for the perfect neutral pink lipstick to wear for my wedding. I really struggled finding the right colour that wasn’t too beige or too bright, I really wanted more of an enhanced version of my natural lip colour, and Fast Play fitted the bill perfectly.

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I went into the MAC store in Norwich and tried the lipsticks out – Fast Play was easily my favourite. It’s just the perfect colour for me, and as well a being creamy and comfortable to wear, the colour was really long lasting and I only had to re-apply a couple of times throughout the day 🙂

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I thought I’d throw in a couple of my actual wedding photos so you can see what it looked like on the day. I’ve been trying to find a high street dupe for this, as £15.50 at MAC is a lot to pay for a lipstick – but I haven’t had any luck so far. If you know of a dupe please let me know!

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So what do you think? I’d love to hear what your favourite autumnal lipsticks are?

I hope you enjoyed my review xxx

The Budget Cosmetics You NEED For Autumn!

Posted on September 22, 2014

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Hi Guys!

Ok so I’m finally admitting it, Autumn is upon us. No more sunshine, sunglasses, bikinis or sunscreen – not that I would ever wear a bikini – and now we’re left with just cold and miserable weather. Ok maybe I’m being a bit OTT but I feel like I kind of missed the summer as I work in an office, all the sunny days must have happened while I was stuck indoors! Boo!

Anyway I digress! So, while I’m coming to terms with the cooler weather I’m also starting to embrace autumnal beauty shades – namely browns and berry hues. The lovely guys at W7 have sent me some of their gorgeous new Autumn releases to check out and show you, which I’m really excited about as I haven’t used W7 cosmetics before!

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First up is their Chunky Eyes eyeshadow pencils, in Coffee, Mocha, Cappucino and Latte. Yes there is a slight coffee theme going on here! These are all gorgeous, easy to wear shimmer shades ranging from cream to dark brown. The pencils give a beautiful shimmery finish, with a fantastic level of pigmentation.

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How gorgeous are these colours though!? You can see they apply evenly – and easily, and have a lovely soft texture thats great for blending too. These pencils are a very reasonable £4.95 each so definitely worth stocking up on!

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Next are the Butter Kiss lipsticks in Very Berry, Racing Red and Bordeaux. These are part of the Butter Kiss Reds collection and they’re £4.50 each. I have to say I am really impressed with these. As ever, my preconceptions of budget brands meant I wasn’t expecting too much, but I was very pleasantly surprised. The formula is super creamy and moisturising, and also amazingly pigmented.The lipstick didn’t bleed or dry out my lips, and lasted a good few hours before I felt I needed to re-apply.

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For £4.50 each, these lipsticks are a complete bargain too. Amazing! I feel W7 may be a bit of a dark horse on the cosmetics scene (can you tell I was writing this whilst watching X-Factor??) and I can’t wait to try some more of their products! I really love the Chunky Eyes and Butter Lipsticks, these need to be added to your makeup bag!

I’d love to hear if you have any W7 cosmetics and which products you’d recommend I should try? I hope you enjoyed my review 🙂 xxx

This post contains a sample provided for review

#MCM Man Crush Monday with New Look

Posted on September 8, 2014

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Hi Guys!

To celebrate the up and coming relaunch of New Look’s menswear range, I’ve been asked to put together a little wish list to style my Man Crush, who is no other than snake-hipped Justin Timberlake 🙂

Now as you probably know, JT is famous for his super slick style… I’ll keep the noodle hair era safely locked away in my mind where it’s no longer accessible, but apart from that – oh and the double denim disaster from 2001 (I blame Britney) he’s definitely evolved into a super-stylish, slim-suited rather dashing young man. (I originally had some other, rather adventurous descriptive words in there which I thought I’d better take out!)

I’ve put together a little look from the New Look Menswear Collection for my lovely Justin, it’s smart-cash, autumnal, simple and easy to wear. What more does a boy need? I’ve even added his signature trilby hat coz I’m nice like that. I’d make such a good girlfriend, don’t you think? (Yes I know I’m married, and he’s married, these are minor details…)

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Jumper  |  Bracelet  |  Trainers  |  Trousers  |  Hat  |  T-Shirt  |  Watch

So what do you think? Can you see JT in this get up? I think my other half would go for most of it too except the hat and bracelet, he’s not ready for accessories yet bless him.

I’d love to hear who your man crush is!? Especilally if it’s anyone unusual?? (Go on tell me, I won’t tell anyone 😉 )