Elisabeth Rilatt

22 November 2015

The Zara Faux Leather Jeans

Faux leather jeans.  Yes, I finally went there!!

An item I've been toying with the idea of buying for a stupidly pro-longed period of time and bit the bullet and purchased a few weeks ago in Zara.  

I procrastinated about buying these for so long for a number of reasons.  Would they suit me? Am I 'Kendall Jenner' enough to get away with them?! How much use would I actually get out of them or would I chicken out wearing them at every opportunity?!

After seeing numerous outfit posts on Instagram of gorgeous Winter outfits with big cuddly jumpers and leather jeans I decided that I definitely needed a pair.  

I wanted to wear them a few times before putting together a blogpost about them and this is what I've concluded.  A test run so to speak! 

1. They are not that comfortable - now this might be due to my bigger than average arse! When you first put them on they feel great, they're never going to be as snug as your favourite pair of jeans and of course they're going to naturally wrinkle a little but what I wasn't prepared for was the fact that they slide half way down your backside when you sit down and constantly need pulling up regularly.  Annoying. 

2. They are warm - great for this weather if you're outdoors.  Not great for walking around heated shops...one word - sweaty! You get the idea!

3. They look best with a big jumper - preferably one that covers your backside and hits mid thigh.  Or failing that a top and a long coat. I love the mix of wool and leather together.

4. Casual works best with them - I think dressing them up with high heels and a slinky top would just be overkill (for me anyway!!) Faux leather jeans look their best worn casually.  I'm thinking trainers or boots and everything listed in point 3! If you jump across to my Instagram account (elisabethrilatt) you can see me wearing them with a few different outfits. 

5. I do really like them  - despite the drawbacks, I'd definitely recommend getting a pair if you don't already own some.  These Zara ones were reasonably priced at £29.99 and I've linked them below.  Like I said, they're probably not going to be your favourite pair of jeans but they do add something a little different to an outfit but for goodness sake...do NOT pair with a leather jacket! 

Outfit Details

Hat - Rag and Bone - Floppy Fedora (it's not very floppy though!) get it HERE

Jumper - Allsaints - Able Roll Neck Jumper - get it HERE

Faux Leather Jeans - Zara - get them HERE

Vans - get them HERE

Bag- Sophie Hulme - Gibson Bucket Bag - get it HERE

In other news, I discovered a great lip stick / liner combination this weekend.  MAC 'Half Red' Liner with Clinique 'Black Honey' lipstick.  

And finally....I've set up a Facebook page for this blog because I've realised that not everyone is using Bloglovin to keep up to date with my ramblings so please please (please!) could you pop over and give it a 'Like' when you get a moment HERE  Thank you :) 

Hope you all have a great start to your week!

Lis x 


15 November 2015

Sophie Hulme Gibson Bucket Bag

So let's start with the fact that this post is a bit show-offy in the whole 'look at me I have a new bag' kind of way. But, this is a blog that centres itself around shopping so let's just get over that and move on shall we?! 

Since the Summer I'd seen various bloggers (namely Laura and Laura!) sporting the Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag and really admired the shape of said bag. 

It's something a little bit different to the other handbags in my collection and hence the reason I convinced myself over the next few months that I definitely needed something similar.  I mean my life wouldn't be complete without it right?! (It's amazing how many valid reasons a woman can make to justify a purchase!)

If you follow me on Snapchat you will have seen a little sneak peak of this recent purchase and the story behind how I managed to get it at a knock-down price (i.e. Not the £650 it's retailing at on most websites currently!) The Sophie Hulme Gibson Bucket bag is still available on Monnier Freres where I got it from, however I've noticed that it's now gone back up in price :( 


Keep an eye out though because Sophie Hulme bags quite often go into the sales on various websites and quite a few places stock them.  Be an internet hawk ladies and I promise you will reap the rewards! :) (and drive your significant other crazy because you spend 24/7 glued to your laptop / iPhone!)

So here it is in action....

The photographs are actually making the bag look a bit lighter and more 'red' than it actually is.  I should also mention that they do this bag in a multitude of colours but I chose the deep red because it's a colour that I think looks great with monochrome (ie. 90% of my wardrobe!!!) 

This is also surprisingly roomy for what appears to be a medium sized bag.  I can fit all the essentials in - phone, purse, hairbrush, large makeup bag, kitchen sink...

The 'Gibson' is comfortable to carry around too, even when full of crap! I'm wearing the shoulder strap on it's 'short' setting in the photographs but it can also be worn with the shoulder strap longer so it sits at the top of your thigh or can be worn cross-body.  

And while we're here let's do an OOTD 'avec' my new bag shall we?!  Let's also pretend that I'm not as pale as I am in these pictures.  I need to crack open the James Read Self Tan Mousse soon!!

What I'm wearing...

Shirt - ASOS - get it HERE

Jumper - Allsaints - get it HERE

Jeans - Citizens of Humanity, very old but very comfy - they're the Avedon Slick Skinny 

Coat - Topshop - last season but similar version HERE

Shoes - Valentino - get them HERE

Bag - Sophie Hulme Gibson Bag - get it HERE

Has anyone else had a great sale bargain recently? I'm all ears!

Lis x 


9 November 2015

Autumn / Fall Make Up FOTD

This could almost be a sequel to my recent post about the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 107!

I've mentioned previously that I love changing my make up looks according to the season (along with my nails - who else does this? Is it just me?!) and recently I've switched up my colour palette to include rusty reds, browns and burgundy for my eyes, more earthy tones for my cheeks and berry coloured lips.  

Before I list what I've been slapping on my face over the past couple of weeks, lets address that dodgy eyebrow that I didn't notice until I was typing this post! Damn you stray hairs!! I obviously need to invest in some kind of eye taming product pronto! 

On My Face....

Foundation - Estee Lauder Doublewear in 'Ecru' applied with my new RMS foundation brush (see previous post!) 

Concealer - Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer in 'Light Warm' applied with a Beauty Blender

Setting Powder - Nars Crystal Light Reflecting Setting Powder

Blush - Tarte in 'Exposed'

Bronzer - Tom Ford in Gold Dust Bronzer

Eye Primer - Lorac Behind The Scenes Eyeshadow Primer

Brows - Anastasia Brow Wiz in 'Soft Brown'

Eyeshadow - All over the eye MAC 'Brûlée' , MAC 'Texture' in the crease and MAC 'Sable' in the outer corner and smudged underneath the lower lash line.  MAC 'Brun' pushed into the upper lash line as a liner.

Eyeliner - MAC 'Teddy' on the lower water line

Mascara - Maybelline Sensational Mascara

Lip Liner - MAC 'Burgundy'

Lips - Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 107

So, what are your favourite Autumn beauty products? Any recommendations for me?

Lis x 


8 November 2015

New In: Foundation Brush

Last month, my long time faithful Sigma F80 Flat Kabuki foundation brush finally bit the dust, :( the brush started to shed and for a good few months applying foundation with it had been a struggle to be honest, things were getting a bit streaky! 

Time to invest in a new brush, an exciting proposition for a make up addict like myself!

The easy option would have been to go for a replacement Sigma F80, however, I'm all for trying new things and a few months ago whilst perusing the The Sunday Times 'Style' supplement at my parents house I saw an advert for a new foundation brush that promised to be a little different.  Of course, I was intrigued! Meet the RMS Beauty Skin2Skin Foundation brush

So the first thing that I was slightly concerned about when it arrived (I ordered mine from Urban Retreat) was just how teeny-tiny it was! The brush head is probably only half the size of the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to give you some idea of how small we are talking!  This was a worry for me initially. 

The brush itself uses varying length bristles that are tightly layered in a swirling pattern on the brush and are supposed to make foundation application an absolute dream because the fibres are designed to be able to reach every curve of the face mimicking applying foundation with your fingers.

And I'm pleased to say that after taking a little bit of getting used to it is really good! Sure, it takes perhaps a little bit longer to apply my foundation (we're talking perhaps 30 seconds maximum here though!) but the finish is definitely a lot more even and I find that the small brush allows me to be more 'precise' in certain areas and I actually really like that.  I didn't think I would.

So, to conclude, if you're in the market for a new foundation brush and you fancy something a little bit different, this could be a good option for you!  

On a side note, I'm after a new bronzer brush so if you have any recommendations for me pop them in the comments! 

Wishing you all a great start to your week!

Lis x 


28 October 2015

Perfect Autumn / Fall Lipstick

Ok..ok...Let's start by acknowledging the fact that I'm so late to the party with this one I practically missed it! I'm well aware that this lipstick has been talked about a lot over the last couple of years and I can't believe it's taken me this long to pick it up! 

So anyway... 

I'd had a bad day at work last week and so to cheer myself up at lunchtime I popped to Boots and with the intention of picking up the Rimmel Lasting Finish Matte Lipstick by Kate Moss in shade 107 after seeing it featured on one of Anna's YouTube video's recently.  

Autumn for me always means switching up my beauty products and I have to admit I do get a little bit excited about the prospect of doing this!  I replace Summer's coral lips, bronze and gold eyes and nude nails with deep red lips, red and coppery eyes and berry coloured nails and it fills me with probably a lot more joy than it should! What can I say? I'm easily pleased!

Let's get back to the lipstick shall we...I digress. 

So it's a beautiful deep red colour and I've been wearing it with MAC 'Half Red' Lip Liner although I do think I could do with a better match than this so suggestions are welcome! I'm struggling to compare it with any other lipstick in my collection but if I had to describe it I'd say it's what Nars Audacious Lipstick in 'Fanny' and MAC 'Ruby Woo' would be like if they had a baby! 

Ok, so I wasn't aware just how long-wearing this lipstick actually was until today when I forgot to take my makeup bag to work with me. I have to admit, I cried a little inside when I realised this as I sat at my desk this morning! (those who know me know that I do not go anywhere without most of my makeup and I've been doing this since I was a teen at school!!) 

This did mean however, that my lipstick was put to the ultimate test and I am pleased to report that it stayed on my lips all day and didn't budge, even through my lunch! It did wear a little bit but still looked more than presentable when I got home.  It didn't dry out my lips either. 


To conclude I'd highly recommend this little budget beauty buy to you all if you haven't picked it up already! It's better than many of it's high end counterparts and cost just under six quid! you can't go wrong! 

What beauty products are your favourite for Autumn / Fall?  any recommendations for me?! 

Hope you're all having a good week so far! Follow me on Snapchat for daily ramblings about what I've been up to! (elisabethrilatt) 

Lis x 


21 October 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Foundation - Is It Really Magic?!

....in short, no, not really, but it's pretty good! 

Those of you who follow me on Snapchat will have seen me giving my 'enthusiastic' first impressions of this new foundation purchase a few weeks ago   I wanted to wear it a bit and trial it during different situations before I wrote a full review on it. 

And I'm glad I did! So here goes...

I suddenly felt the urge to buy some new make up and since discovering Estee Lauder Doublewear in the Summer I haven't really strayed at all.  I fancied a new foundation and had heard very little about the Charlotte Tilbury new 'Magic' foundation

So I gambled! With confidence I might add, because I haven't been disappointed with anything I've tried from Charlotte Tilbury so far and her Magic Cream (sadly all used up now!) was just FAB.  This foundation sounded very promising! 

At £29.50 it's reasonably priced, but being in Cardiff though with no access to a Charlotte Tilbury Make Up counter meant I had to guess my shade and buy online.  I chose 5, which to be honest is a fairly good match for me, albeit perhaps a tad too orange.  I may have been better off with number 4. 

The USP's of this foundation according to Charlotte are as follows... 

  • It's for all ages, skin tones and skin types (a bold statement!)
  • It's full coverage but weightless and promises to cover skin issues such as acne, scarring, redness, rosacea, lines, wrinkles, age-spots, thread veins 
  • It has anti-ageing and protective benefits (contains mushroom extracts, hyaluronic acid, Vitamin C and SPF 15)

And after wearing this foundation non-stop for two weeks, I have the following points to make:

  • It's quite thick in consistency and needs a good 'buff' into the skin with a dense foundation brush (I use a Sigma F80 brush) for it to apply evenly
  • You do need to use a good moisturiser before application for it to look it's best (Charlotte suggests her Magic Cream but if you haven't got a small fortune lying around your usual moisturiser will do!) 
  • Initially it does look quite 'matte' and 'flat' but like Estee Lauder Doublewear, as it wears a bit it looks more luminous throughout the day.  I do tend to need to touch mine up though with a bit of powder around lunchtime, it doesn't have quite the lasting power of the Doublewear but it does give it a good run for it's money!
  • It smells a bit 'odd' - I keep thinking this is the mushroom extract - I hate mushrooms!!
  • It definitely feels 'weightless' on the skin as she describes - I don't feel as though I'm wearing foundation even though it's a very full coverage foundation and does cover a multitude of sins!
  • Although it does last all day it does look a little bit ropey after about 8 hours and requires a bit of attention to look good again (but not a lot)
  • I really liked how this foundation photographed when I wore it on a night out in Cardiff (see picture below) and this is surprising since it has SPF in it which usually links to a lot of flashback in photos. 
  • Since using this foundation I have broken out a little, now I don't know if this is due to the 'time of month' or the foundation?! I'm hoping it's not the latter because I do really like this stuff! 

So in conclusion, I do really really like this foundation.  It's flattering, long-wearing, weightless and the hidden benefits make it feel as though I'm doing 'good things' for my skin and that's always good right?!

When stacked up against Estee Lauder Doublewear, it's still going to be second best though I'm afraid! and this is it's only downside! I'd totally recommend buying it though. 

Hope you're all well and having a good week! What's your favourite foundation at the moment?


16 October 2015

Winter Wishing

Winter Wishing

The temperature in the UK has dramatically dropped in the last couple of weeks and this has spurred me to start thinking about updating my Winter wardrobe.  This quite excites me and softens the blow of knowing that I'm going to be constantly freezing for the next 6 months at least! 

I have an overwhelming desire at the moment to really strip down last year's Winter clothes and buy a few key pieces that I can mix and match along with some good quality accessories (scarfs, gloves and boots in particular!). I feel a big eBay selling session coming on!! 

I've put together a little list of the things I'm planning on buying and thought I'd share them with you all for a bit of wardrobe inspiration!  AllSaints is definitely going to be my 'go-to' this Winter! 

Helmut Lang sweatshirt
£145 - nordstrom.com
I really should have bought this last year when it was more readily available, a casual jacket that I'm visioning wearing to walk the dog with a big chunky scarf, skinny black jeans and trainers. 

AllSaints sweater
£160 - allsaints.com
I love the zip detailing on this and I'm picturing wearing it with my new Zara faux leather jeans and boots. 

AllSaints sweater
I love the neck on this jumper and again, I would imagine this with skinny black jeans and my Rag & Bone boots. 

AllSaints sweater
I'm determined this year to wear some paler colours on those sunny Winter days and think this would look perfect with white jeans and some pale coloured suede booties, and a grey coat perhaps?

ASOS white shirt
£24 - asos.com
I'm in desperate need of a boyfriend style shirt to wear with jeans and chunky cardigans. 

Zara coat
£84 - zara.com
I bought a black version and camel version of this style of coat last year and feel a grey one this year would be a useful addition. 

Stuart weitzman boots
I'm too old to get away with wearing this style of boot with a skirt, however I'm picturing them with black skinny jeans, a jumper and my Rag & Bone hat! 

Sophie Hulme leather purse
£475 - farfetch.com
I've been coveting this bag so badly since spotting it in Dubai last month.  I need it!! :) 

AllSaints accessory
£470 - allsaints.com
I saw Sandra wearing a similar jacket in a recent blog post and fell in love with it! 

Cashmere scarve
£92 - cosstores.com
I have this in black and grey already and they're so soft that I feel like I need the beige one to complete the set! 

Whistles black glove
I bought some leather gloves from ASOS last year that fell apart so this year I'm investing in some good ones!! 

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