Saturday Night OOTD and FOTD

A few weeks ago I posted a few pictures on Instagram and also on a "Life Lately" post of my outfit and make up I wore when I went out for "drinks" with friends (well that's a very civilised way of putting it isn't it?!)

Anyways, quite a few of you requested the make up look and asked where I got the dress from so I thought a little blogpost was in order.  I'm going to try and remember now what I slapped onto my face that night. Bare with!

I'd prepared for the evening by using the St Tropez Express Tan the day before (which I love and highly recommend by the way - regular readers will have heard me waffle on about how great this stuff is numerous times!) and then painted my nails with Tom Ford Sugar Dune.  This is limited edition but you might still be able to get it at the counters, if you're lucky! Gorgeous shade, although not a great deal different to Essie Topless and Barefoot to be honest if you're after a dupe for this hideously expensive nail polish!

Now on to the face.  Lots of products here so prepare yourselves!  I wanted to go for something a little bit different to my normal make up look.  Something a little more dramatic in the eye area.  I'd come across a great mini-tutorial video on Instagram a few weeks ago and recreated this look, using a silvery eyeshadow. Yes, you heard right, something very unusual for me but I liked the finished look a lot.

So here we go...

Foundation - Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation in Cashew Beige (flawless looking skin in a tube Under eye Concealer - Nars Creamy Concealer in Vanilla (meh!)
Contour #1 - Soleil Tan de Chanel
Concealer - Diorskin Nude Concealer
Powder - Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder - Diffused Light
Bronzer - Tom Ford Bronzer in Gold Dust
Contour #2 - Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
Highlight - Dior Amber Diamond (discontinued - sorry!)
Blush - Sleek Blush in Flamingo

Base - Nars Eyeshadow base
Lid - All over lid and into crease, then blended up. - MAC Texture
Lid - Inner and outer corner then blended a little into crease - MAC Carbon
Lid - Patted on into centre of eye - Verve from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette
Under lower lash line - MAC Texture, followed by MAC Carbon
Eyeliner - upper lash Charlotte Tilbury Feline Flick
Waterline - MAC Smolder pencil eyeliner
Mascara - Givenchy Noir Couture
Brows - Make Up Revolution Brow palette

Chantecaille Lipgloss in 'Lucky'

And here is the finished result complete with pout and obligatory miserable face! (sorry Mum!) 

Last but not least, let's talk clothes and accessories (or lack of them in this case!!)

The dress was a complete and utter shameless copy of the Victoria Beckham one that Amanda Holden wore on Britain's Got Talent in the UK (google Amanda Holden and Victoria Beckham dress and you'll see her wearing it, I think VB herself was also papped in this dress!) I bought it on eBay and there are literally hundreds of them on there in a few different colour ways. 

Here's a link to the search I did - they vary in price but I got mine for £11.99.  Yes, £11.99 ladies!!!! 

I paired it with some plain black super high stilettos from Office and my Alexander Wang Prism Clutch (not photographed!) 

It was such a simple look but I felt really chic and got a lot of compliments on the dress from random strangers in the ladies toilet! 

Hope you're all well and enjoying your week!

Lis x 

Life Lately #9

Firstly, just need to apologise for the lack of blogposts this week, I had so much planned but just ran out of time! I'll hopefully get a few of those planned posts up this week! 

1.  Takeaway - well this goes hand in hand with the introduction really doesn't it!? This week has been a particularly busy and stressful one at work and when I'm in that state of mind,  I feel less like cooking! I am somewhat obsessed by a little noodle place we have in Cardiff called 'Noodlebox', if you live in Cardiff and you're reading this, get involved.  They deliver, do great healthy (and some not so healthy!) options and are really reasonably priced.  Can I also hang my head in shame and say I order from Noodlebox at least once a week! #sorrynotsorry :)

2. More Barry M - I could feature a new one of these every week couldn't I? Obsessed is not the word.  Making the most of the last of this Summery weather before we hit Autumn (return of the berry / grey / burgundy shades!) I painted my nails with Barry M Gelly Shine Nail Varnish in 'Pomegranate'.  Gorgeously bright and a real statement colour.  Probably not suitable for work, but I'm wearing it tomorrow anyway! What the hell! 

3. Blush Revival - I've been wearing this blush non-stop for the last week and re-loving it all over again.  It's the Sleek blush in 'Flamingo' and its super bright.  You don't need a lot of it at all because it's very very pigmented (go heavy handed and you'll resemble something similar to Aunt Sally - older readers will know exactly what I'm talking about!)  however, if you're careful when applying it, it creates the most gorgeous flush on the cheeks and paired with a great highlighter it looks very pretty.  Very cheap too. Go and buy it!

4. Over-played Track - now I'm not a Maroon 5 fan at all, I'd go as far to say that I find most of their music pretty horrific. However. This track I really love, and I'm ashamed to say it - hell, I don't even know why I'm admitting it!  It's got a bit of an 80's sort of vibe and I do quite like this guys voice, it's catchy.  Yep, I love it.  It's called 'It Was Always You'.  My music taste is eclectic, can you tell?! 

5. Zara Shopping - Ok, I have a problem and it involves this shop.  I should stay away, I really should....but I can't.  I picked up this jacket on the weekend (HERE).  I also got a T-shirt that I'm sure will be coming to a OOTD post near you soon! 

6. OITNB - so I'm on that bandwagon now too and I'm loving it! (Orange Is The New Black for those of you living in a cave for the last year!)  Funny, addictive and a little bit eye opening! I'm only on series one at the moment but if you haven't got into it yet, I'd recommend it! 

7. Finally - they started stocking the new Nars Dual Intensity Eyeshadows at my local NARS counter in  John Lewis (still no SpaceNK in Cardiff - what is THAT about?!) I could have bought some online a few weeks ago however I like to have a little play around with the colours before I buy and I'm glad I did in this case because the one I thought I wanted to get didn't look so great in the store.  I opted for Himalia (HERE) They're worth the hype, very pigmented and buttery soft.  I want to get a couple more now, 'Subra' looks gorgeous and I think I need 'Dione' too. 

8. Sunday Evening - nothing better than spending time with my parents on a Sunday evening, great food (Mum did Pulled Pork this weekend - sooooo yummy!)  great company and I love nothing better than sitting in their lounge and chilling out, it makes me feel like I'm about 12 again. :) It's not something I do very often but when I do, I really enjoy it :) and it was a lovely way to end the weekend. 

See you in the week! 

Lis x 

Life Lately #8

I'm feeling a little worse for wear today (all alcohol related so I deserve no sympathy!) so apologies in advance for any waffling!

1. Sandwich On A Stick -  the week started with a lovely lunch outside with one of my work colleagues (and friend!) Emma.   The office has been like a sweat box in this warm weather so it was really nice to get out of the office and sit in the sun for a bit.  The sandwich when it arrived was oddly stacked on a skewer and I was also naughty and had chips with it! It did make Monday a lot more bearable though!

2. Making Salads - I have literally been trying to make every single salad recipe I can find in all my cookbooks at the moment! When its warm I'm less inclined to slave over a hot oven and much prefer throwing great ingredients together to make something tasty.  This week I made an unusual Orange, Beetroot and Feta salad that sounds a bit odd but tasted really good.  If anyone has any good salad recipes send them my way please!

3. Guest Post - A few weeks ago I mentioned my blogger friend Stacey who has recently discovered she has cervical cancer.  Gemma from Miss Makeup Magpie kindly offered to arrange for a few bloggers to guest post for her blog whilst she recovers from her surgery and I was more than happy to help :) there are some great guest posts on there not to mention a whole load of other lovely posts from Stacey herself, go check out her blog HERE

4. Tom Ford - Swoon! I've been lusting after this nail varnish (Sugar Dune) for quite some time, and randomly came across a great deal on eBay last week so bit the bullet and purchased it. So glad I did, it's a gorgeous shade (not dissimilar to Essie Topless and Barefoot to be honest however you can never have too many nude nail varnishes, right?!) It went perfectly with the dress I wore out on Saturday night.

5. Healthy Pancakes - these were a Saturday morning treat to myself, there were also super healthy! I made them with Cottage Cheese, Eggs, Oats and an overripe banana with a bit of cinnamon. Soooo yummy!

6. Girls Night Out - Firstly let's talk about my bargain Victoria Beckham rip off dress that I got on eBay for £12....yes, £12!!! and it's not at all different from the one from her collection which I'm betting costs nearly 100 times more than that.  I love the elegant shape of this dress and the simplicity.  I am only going to be wearing this on my 'feeling thin' days, that's for sure!  We had a great night out, that girl never fails to make me smile :)

7. Return of Made In Chelsea -  New York.  Now, I'm hoping that this is going to be better than the last series of the normal Made In Chelsea because to be honest, that was rather lack-lustre and definitely not as good as previous series (please bring back Millie and the original crew!) I'm hoping to get some good ideas for places to go when I visit New York in October too!

8. More Barry M - I love these nail varnishes and this week was a particularly good one on the nail front.  I've been doing a nail conditioning treatment on my nails for the past few weeks so have had no colour on my nails for nearly 4 weeks! Sunday was the end of the treatment and me and the nail varnishes have been reunited (hence the heavily nail orientated post this week!) I chose Coconut Grove from Barry M to get me back into the swing of things and I adore it, it's a sort of off white that looks good with everything. Love.

See you all in the week!

Lis x

The £4 Foundation

I have recently made a very purse-friendly discovery, enter Make Up Revolution. 

Now I love a high end beauty product as much as the next cosmetics buff,  and yes, I am often guilty of turning up my nose at the cheapo brands - you know the ones I mean! However I'd started to hear some pretty good things about this brand via some other bloggers and I was somewhat inquisitive. 

So off I trotted to Superdrug Beauty last week and came back with a couple of products to try.  I bought a little eyebrow kit (also very very good if you're interested!) but this foundation was the standout product for me.  It's called the Ultra Face Base Foundation and I got it in the 'yellow tone' FB06 shade.  There are 11 shades in total, so a pretty good selection. 

The consistency is thick and it can be applied with both the fingers or a buffing brush (I like to use a combination of both - fingers then brush).  The finish is superb and some of you are going to be shocked when I say this but I find it very comparable to the Chantecaille Just Skin.  Yes, you read correctly, this product (at just £4!) is of similar quality to a tinted moisturiser that costs £57!!!!!! 

When you first apply it, it appears quite dewy.  I've been using a very light dusting of setting powder over the top and this stuff LASTS and looks better and better throughout the day, providing a lovely natural, very slightly dewy finish.  I am seriously seriously impressed!!! People have commented on how great my skin looks and that hasn't happened for a while! 

So, I urge you to go out and try this for yourself.   I'm eager to try more products from their range especially since everything is so damn cheap and such great quality! Makeup Revolution, you have a new fan!

Back tomorrow with some more Life Lately for you!

Lis x 

Another Topshop Chambray Shirt...

So remember when I told you all in my last post about the search for the perfect white casual shirt? And that I also bought it in blue because I loved it that much? Well here it is, the blue version of the Topshop Chambray shirt. 

On Sunday I wanted something comfortable and casual for a trip to the shops and this is what I opted for.  Ok, so the skirt is a tad on the short side and yes it did annoyingly keep riding up as I walked (we can blame my larger than the average bum for that!) and yes I did spend half the day yanking it back down again to a more respectable length, but that aside it did tick all the boxes for comfortable. 

I actually wore my Birkenstocks for something other than dog walking, something I vowed not to do when I bought them but they're just so damn easy to wear and I think they (sort of) work with this kind of outfit! I broke my own fashion rules! shock horror! :) 

And here's the bit where I bang on about how great these shirts again.... if you are in the market for something like this I can't recommend these Topshop versions enough.  Light, airy and can be dressed up or down, in my eyes these are a real wardrobe staple.  

And well, Rayban Aviators were the obvious choice for this outfit weren't they? :)

And whilst we're here, this was the perfect outfit for Tom Ford 'Sweet Spot' to make an outing too.  A lipstick that I now call my 'Stacey' lipstick (she forced me to buy it! ha!).  If you haven't checked out her blog you should HERE.

Shop the look....

Sunglasses - Rayban - Large Aviators (available widely)

Shirt - Topshop - buy HERE

Skirt - Topshop - bought many moons ago!

Birkenstocks - Madrid style - available widely

Bag - Mulberry - postman's satchel in pebble beige - past season. 

And that's all until tomorrow, where I'll be reviewing some very good budget buys! 

Hope you're all having a good week

Lis x 

FOTD - Some Oldies and Some Newbies :)

I had a fairly quiet weekend and consequently, had the time to rummage through my mountain of make up and here are the results :) Some very well-loved favourites, some things I'm trying to use up and a couple of newbies thrown in too (hence the reason why most items in the picture below look a little bit worse for wear - they've been thrown around in the make up bag on many occasion! sorry!) 

Face -  I'm trying to use up my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation.  I never really fell in love with this stuff despite the fact that most people seem to adore this foundation.  Sometimes it looks okay, sometimes it looks hideous on me.  Today was a good day.  Now don't get me wrong, I don't dislike this foundation mainly because one of the benefits is it does photograph very (I imagine it would be good for bridal make up because it's also quite long wearing)  It's just I was expecting MORE when I bought this and well, it never really happened. Anyways, moving on, next up I used a little L'oreal Lumi Touch (not photographed, I forgot, sorry!) This is a great under eye concealer, it's light and very good at lightening up the area and bringing a bit of life to the face. To hide any little blemishes I used my trusty Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage. I love this stuff. Dearly! I set all of this with a bit  of Hourglass Diffused Light Powder and a big fluffy brush. 

Cheeks - For bronzer I swirled (a lot!) of the L'Oreal Glam Bronze on my face, followed by some Dior Amber Diamond on my cheek bones and nose and to complete the face some of my favourite Nars Deep Throat Blush, this is still one of my firm faves, especially for Summer :)

Eyes - I used some Clinique Chubby Stick in 'Lots o Latte' (the name of which makes me want coffee now!) all over the lid and on the lower lash line and then a little MAC 'Texture' in the crease and some Nars 'Mekong' on the upper lash line, with a bit of MAC 'Teddy' in the water line.  Followed by L'Oreal Voluminous Mascara (which incidentally I didn't like too much at first but it's growing on me now!) I may do a full review of this soon.  Bottom lashes, a product I could NOT live without, Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. This stuff has changed my life!  For my brows I chucked a bit of MAC Omega through them - I always seem to come back to this no matter what brow product I use. 

Lips - Something a little bit different for me here. I used the Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in Pillow Talk all over the lip followed by a smidgen of Tom Ford Spanish Pink

This make up look made my eyes look a really pale blue which I kinda liked - I always find it amazing how different eyeshadows can make people's eyes a totally different colour! 

What are your old favourites?

So that's it, I'll be back tomorrow with a weekend OOTD for you. 

Hope you all had a great start to your week!

Lis x 

Life Lately #7

To say that this week was a random selection would be an understatement.  This is what you get from a rather uneventful week people! Having said that, there's been some good little discoveries and some new lusts! 

1.  Watermelon Salad - because the weather has been so hot, I've been having a bit of a 'salad-fest' lately and this will continue into next week so be prepared for my Instagram to be full of colourful and interesting salads this week too! On Friday night I made one of my favourites, I spotted this in Grazia magazine last year and it's a firm favourite at my house.  It's a mixture of Watermelon, cherry tomatoes, Feta Cheese, Fresh Mint and Zataar and it's heavenly! 

2. 'I'm thankful I had a childhood before technology took over' (here's the randomness!) I saw this on Instagram this week and it made me reflect on things and try to imagine what being a child would be like in this day and age and I have to say, it did make me feel a little sad.  I had such a fantastic childhood and the introduction of smart phones and the internet has changed the way children play and grow up.  I know for a fact that I am a culprit of being an internet and phone addict but I'm glad that these devices did not exist when I was growing up.  I think it has had an adverse effect on the youth of today (I'll get off my soapbox now! and jeez, how old do I sound?!!) 

3. Mini-haul - I went in to buy cotton wool pads, I came out with this selection (and almost forgot the cotton wool pads!) I've been reading quite a bit about the budget brand 'Make Up Revolution' and picked up their brow kit and the BB Foundation.  I also managed to finally get my hands on Models Own 'Beach Bag' after 3 months of searching!! Oh and just for good measure I also picked up two new Gelly polishes from Barry M in 'Almond' and 'Blackberry' - readying myself for Autumn! :)

4.  Peanut Butter and Raisin Cookies - I made these on Saturday morning.  They were fantastic. That is all!

5. New YSL Foundation - I'm hearing fantastic things about this and I'm very excited to try, desperately trying to use up some foundations at the moment to make room!

6. Soundcloud - when you can't be in Ibiza enjoying the array of amazing DJ's currently playing dreamy laid back house music, what's the next best thing? Listening to endless mixes on Soundcloud for free :) I had dabbled in Soundcloud a few years ago but only recently discovered they have an App for my iPhone.  Very addictive. :)

7. Breath Freshener - I got sucked in waiting to pay at Boots by all the little products they place near the till.  This is the cutest looking little breath freshener for your handbag in, wait for it, mojito mint! What's not to like?! It wasn't cheap at £3.99 but I love it and thought I'd share it with you! 

8. Bag Lusting - just how gorgeous is this little wrist bag from Givenchy? I want it soooooo bad! I love the shape of it and I don't have any wrist this a perfectly good reason for me to buy one?! :)

And that's all folks!

Another OOTD for you tomorrow,  followed by some product reviews in the week for somethings I've been road testing over the last few days. 

Wishing you all a great start to your week!

Lis x 

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