26 May 2016

Holiday Make Up

I wish I was one of those people who could get away with not putting an ounce of make up on my face on holiday and still look amazing, you know the kind I'm talking about don't you? Sun kissed, beach hair, pretty eyes, natural glow....sadly I'm not one of 'those' people and need a little help to create this kind of look!

Having said that, in an effort to be a little less plastered in make up than I normally am, I tried to pare down the amount of products I normally use and keep things fairly natural.  I did say I 'tried' though, some might say that there are still a lot of products here - ahhh, what the hell! :) 





So to begin with I prepped my skin with the Charlotte Tilbury Eye Rescue and a tiny bit of Sunday Riley Tidal Cream.

Next I used the Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow  as a glowy base followed by a tiny bit of the Maybelline Dream Bronze BB Cream This evens out my skin tone and adds a bit more 'bronze' to the face so it matches my body! To finish my base I used a little bit of the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in 02 Beige under the eyes, around the nose and on my chin.

For bronzer, I chose the Bagsy Ray of Sunshine Perfect Glow Bronzing Powder to add a bit of definition to the face.  This is an almost matte bronzer and very similar to the Tom Ford pricey version! For blush, I used my go-to holiday favourite, The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in 'Tipsy' (difficult to get in the UK - you might have to get it shipped from the US) For highlight it had to be the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in 'Champagne Pop'  bought for me by Stacey as a Birthday present and still much loved!

For brows I used my trusty Maybelline Satin Brow Pencil (and it's just run out, I'll definitely be repurchasing!) For the eyes I used the Dior Eyeshadow Palette in 'Sundeck'.   This isn't widely available any more but you might still be able to get hold of it online if you're lucky.  It's one of my favourite eyeshadow palettes for the Summer and I have Sandra to thank for this recommendation a couple of years ago! I've hit pan on some of the colours so that should give you some indication of how much I like it!

On to lashes, I used my two absolute favourites, the Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara (see my previous blogpost for more details on this!) and the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

For the lips, my new Summer 'combo' - Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat in 'Pink Venus' and Charlotte Tilbury 'Coachella Coral' Lipstick.  This combination screams 'Summer' and I'm totally in love with it at the moment!

And here it is, the finished look!


What are your Summer go-to make up products? Any good recommendations? :)

Thanks for reading x

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23 May 2016

Mykonos Outfit Of The Day / Customised Phone Case




Hello from beautiful Mykonos! :) If you follow me on Instagram you've probably already seen some of the pictures and I can assure you there will be lots more to come!

More about that in a future blogpost though (and this place is oh so picturesque so be prepared for lots of pictures!) but for now I'm quickly going to share with you a dress I'm adoring and a new phone case I designed with this holiday in mind! (very sad that I've just admitted that, but it's true!)





Recently I was approached by 'Go Customized' to design my own phone case via their website.  Now let's just say 'clumsy' could be my middle name and dropping my poor iPhone on the floor is a weekly occurrence so a phone case to protect it is a not just a 'nice to have' for me....it's an absolute necessity!

Go Customised do a whole range of cases, not only for iPhones, but a range of different electronic devices and you are able to select the type of cover you want and then customise it with your own design.   I chose one of their Personalised Tough Cases because they also protect the screen if it happens to land 'screen down' (and invariable it does!)

It was easy to upload the design and you're also able to add text if you fancy it.  The case arrived very quickly and I was really pleased with how it turned out :)  If you fancy checking them out, there's a link to their website HERE





Now let's talk Zara...

I picked this gorgeous little dress recently whilst doing a bit of 'holiday shopping'.  So ok yes, it can look a little bit 'shapeless' at certain angles but you know what? I don't mind this at all because oh my god....so so so comfortable!

I'm really feeling this 'off the shoulder' trend at the moment.  Firstly, because I quite like my shoulders! and secondly (and more importantly!) because it hides the part of my arms I dislike the most!







Outfit Details





  • Zara Dress - get it HERE
  • Sophie Hulme Bag
  • Valentino Rockstud Flats
  • Chloe Myrte Sunglasses

This dress just feels so pretty and comfortable and I highly recommend if you want something that's cool and light to wear in hot weather.

Sidetone - yes, it's a little bit creased in this photo - please forgive me!

Some might be worried about it falling down? good news, it doesn't. The elastic around the neckline is pretty good and I didn't find it shifted around on me at all.

Let me know if you pick up phone case or buy the dress!

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10 May 2016

Lily and Rose Jewellery / 'Evening Out' Outfit

A few weeks ago I was approached by jewellery designers, Lily and Rose to select some pieces of jewellery from their gorgeous range online (cue little squeal of excitement from me!).

Choosing was actually a lot more difficult than I originally thought, mainly due to the fact that they have so many charming pieces that appealed to me! Eventually though, after careful consideration, I picked a beautiful little bracelet and a couple of fancy rings.








Lily and Rose are a brand created by the designer, Therese Zetterberg, who also operates Zetterberg Couture.  The two brands are designed to complement each other.  Her beautiful designs are inspired by fashion, architecture and a mixture of vintage and crown jewels.

Interesting fact - The name 'Lily and Rose' is actually a tribute to the TV show 'Sex and The City' (a series that inspired Therese when she was just 16!) and Charlotte York Goldenblatt's daughters in the show are called Lily and Rose!

I love the intricacy, femininity and shapes of her designs and actually, when I received the items they look even prettier in person and the quality is exceptional (the bracelet in particular, it has been worn almost every day since I received it and is still in perfect condition!)

They also have an Instagram Account worth checking out here - https://www.instagram.com/lilyandrosebyzetterberg/






The Bracelet

The Miss Miranda in 'Silk' - Link!

My favourite piece and as I mentioned above, this has been on my wrist pretty much every day since I got it! It's so different to any of the other bracelets I own, being a lot more delicate and intricate and I love how the stones catch the light.  It's what I would call 'minimal bling'- very sophisticated and feminine and adds a nice little touch, but isn't too 'in yer face' if you know what I mean!

I absolutely adore it and the best part is that it's made in so many different colour combinations.  The 'Silk' version I chose has very pale pink stones in it and I love how it looks next to the skin.  It is adjustable to suit your wrist size (I have unusually large wrists for a woman and it fits me fine!)

I'm already eyeing up other colours in the same style and also have a soft spot for the 'Miss Sofia Pearl Creme' bracelet too!- Link!






The Rings

Lady Di in 'Jet' - Link!

Lady Di in 'Black Diamond' Link

As soon as I saw these on the website I fell in love with the shape. I like the fact that the stone isn't quite central on the band and it looks gorgeous when worn.

I really enjoy wearing a dress-ring on a night out and chose two versions of the 'Lady Di' ring I knew I would get a lot of use out of - both related to black! (obviously!)

And don't you just love the name of this ring?! :)

The rings are adjustable at the back (great for me, because just like my wrists, I also have abnormally large knuckles and it means I can tighten the ring slightly when it's on my finger so it doesn't slide around!)





I wore the Lady Di in 'Jet' on a night out recently and my friend Sian actually commented on how gorgeous the ring looked - a perfect excuse to tie in a 'what I wore out' to this post right?! :)

So here I am wearing the ring and also my new(ish!) Sophia Webster sandals!






Outfit Details

Blazer - Zara (old, but when is Zara ever NOT stocking a plain black blazer!)
Blouse - Zara (last season but a basic wrap over style shirt that is a staple for me on evening's out!)
Leggings - ASOS
Sandals - Sophia Webster


Lily and Rose are now shipping to the UK, so if you're looking for some good quality, pretty jewellery for all different tastes (I chose quite simple pieces but they do a lot more lavish and detailed pieces if you're looking for something a bit more fancy!) go and have a look at the website www.lilyandrose.com and let me know if you get anything! :)

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8 May 2016

My Holiday Picks

Mykonos


In a couple of weeks I'm off to Mykonos with my Fiancé for a bit of rest and relaxation and of course this has got me thinking about all things 'holiday'! I really enjoy putting together these types of posts and I find it also helps me to organise myself in preparation for going away and I don't end up buying a load of rubbish I don't need! 

I've already begun to buy a few 'bits' from the collection above and have tried to think about things that I will also get plenty of wear out of when I'm back home.  Believe me,  a lot of thought has gone into this! :) 

Mykonos is a pretty little Greek island, you only have to Google it to see the kind of 'vibe' it oozes so naturally I'm thinking comfortable, chic clothing with white, blue and turquoise being the 'theme'! 

So let's start, I've tried to link as many of the items as I can for those who are interested! 

Samudra Makena Palm Flat Tote - I couldn't actually find a picture to go on the collage of the bag I'm actually eyeing up so the picture is a pouch from the same designer. Soz! I fancied something with a palm print on it and this one from Revolve looks perfect! Link

Smith & Cult in 'Bitter Buddhist' - ok, so I'm cheating with this one, because I already have it! But when I got this shade last month and popped it on my fingernails my initial thought was 'this would be perfect for Mykonos!' Link 

Zara Blue Dress - the perfect dress up / dress down comfy dress.  A holiday essential, plus I love the colour!  Link

Sophia Webster Seraphina Sandals - I've purchased these recently and gave everyone a sneak peak on my Instagram! I managed to find them in Dubai for cheaper than I can get them in the UK so you can imagine how pleased I was about that! I'm picturing wearing these with dresses and shorts while I'm away.  My love for Sophia Webster runs deep! Link 

Forever 21 Palm Leaf Top - I picked this up whilst wandering the biggest Forever 21 I've ever been in  in my life at Dubai Mall! I figured it would look good with white shorts or jeans.  I'm not normally one to wear prints but I thought this was a useful little top and perfect for the hot weather. Link 

White Cape Dress - this beach cover up happened by 'accident' for me! I'd originally ordered a dress from Asos to wear as an actual 'dress' however, as so very often is the case with ordering from Asos it arrived and was 'transparent' to say the least! So now it's the perfect beach cover up! Mine is actually from the brand TFNC but they don't seem to have it on the Asos website anymore so here's a link to a similar one. Link 

Kiini Bikini - I've been eyeing up this bikini for well over a year now so recently (after a good commission month at work!) I bit the bullet and bought it.  Yes, it's expensive but I am strong believer in spending a bit more on swimwear because it does seem to last longer.  My Melissa Odabash bikini is still going strong 10 years down the line and looks just as good as it did 10 years ago! I thought this Kiini number had a real 'Mykonos' feel to it! It's also very comfortable to wear. Winner. Link 

Charlotte Tilbury Supermodel Body - I recently used a sample of this on a night out on my legs, arms and chest and all I can say is....wow! I wasn't expecting it to be quite as good as it is and I'm definitely going to be purchasing a full size version before going away.  It adds a gorgeous sheen, especially to the legs. Link 

Glamorous Dress - I spotted this dress on the Topshop website and they don't have it in my size.  So I will be stalking the internet until I find one! Link 

Nails Inc Victoria Beckham - Another cheat! I bought this last year but it's such a perfect for colour for toes whilst on holiday.  AND you can get both for a knock down price on Boots at the moment (the Bamboo shade is gorgeous too!) Link 

Celine 'Caty' Sunglasses - I managed to bag these from Ebay a few weeks ago (a few of you may have seen them on my Instagram) There is still another pair on their at the moment if anyone is interested! Celine sunglasses are my absolute favourite and a really good investment. 

Asos White Dress - this is just one of those easy, throw it on type dresses for days out whilst away on holiday :) Link 

Forever 21 Cotton Top - Perfect for pairing with denim shorts! I'm really embracing this off-the-shoulder trend at the moment! Link 

Topshop Denim Shorts - I have a lighter pair of cut off denims already and quite fancied a darker pair for this Summer. Link 

Topshop Pyjama Set - I love getting new pyjamas to go away with, does anyone else do this?! or is it just me! I can picture myself wearing these whilst eating room service breakfast on our balcony! :) Link

Zara Off the Shoulder Dress - yep, another one! :) Link 


Thanks for reading, hope you all have a great week! x 



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3 May 2016

TAG: My Fiancé Explains the Purpose of Makeup!


Picture credit: Styled In Print 


After reading Kirsty's original version of this post (Life in Excess) and finding it absolutely hilarious and then reading Laura's version a few days later (Buynow/Bloglater) I was curious to find out exactly how much 'make up knowledge' my Fiancé has taken in after years of listening to me waffle on about it!

You'd think that someone who has spent an ample amount of time being dragged around the make up aisles of various department stores, Boots and Sephora (in a plethora of different countries!) would have picked up at least some information right?!

The 'test' involved me quizzing him about a series of different make up items and asking them what the purpose of each is.

'Decorating' seemed to be an common 'theme' through-out!

So here goes.....


Picture Credit : Styled in Print

Primer

Primer...well..that's a type of 'paint' you put on before the colour you're going to paint something.  Like a 'base coat'?!  Yes, you use it at the beginning because that's what you do with paint, so you put it on first, before anything else.

Ok, so we got off to a good start! 

Foundation

It's like the stuff you 'shove' over your face

Interesting application technique! 

It covers your face, it gives you a 'new' face!

Powder

Pauses for a long period of time

Like 'Talcum Powder'?? To take moisture out?! To dry your foundation?! (I'm laughing my head off at this point!) 

Ok, maybe to take shine off?

We got there in the end darling!

Concealer

You use this to hide things! That's obvious! It's for dishonest people! ha

Finds himself very amusing at this point, I think he knew the real purpose of this. 

Bronzer

I know this one! To make you look brown, to turn you a different shade.  It makes you sun-tanned.  I don't need this because I'm always tanned, not like you! haha!

He's Maltese so has lovely Mediterranean skin.  I'm jealous of this of course! 

Blush

It gives you rosy cheeks!

Highlighter

We begin with a few analogies to a highlighter pen of the fluorescent kind.  The look on my face tells him this is not correct!

It 'highlights' things on your face. Your cheeks?! I'm not sure.



Mascara

It gives you eyelashes, if you're not blessed with lovely long thick eyelashes like me!  It makes them longer and thicker and you really like the Marc Jacobs one you were sent!

He does listen after all! :) So proud!

Eyeshadow 

Used for colouring in your eyelids.  Sometimes they come in weird colours.

Eye Kohl

He had no idea what this was until I said it was like an eyeliner - cue a light bulb moment...

Ah yes! it's a pencil that you draw around your eyes with!

Brow Pencil

Easy, that's for colouring in your eyebrows and drawing them on if you don't have them.

nb. a few months ago he shaved his eyebrow with his electric shaver by accident and I had to fill it in every day for him with my eyebrow pencil - this is probably the only reason he's aware of how this works!!

Lipstick

After being ridiculous and talking about male dog body parts (let's not go there!!) he decides to be sensible and gets the right answer to this! 

You colour your lips with it!

Setting Spray

Um.
Thought that was for your hair?
Helps you set your makeup?
Makes makeup last longer?

Ahh, he's not just a pretty face! haha! 


BB Cream

Who?
Well that doesn't really give it away does it?!

Silence for a few seconds

Some sort of face cream? Moisturiser?

Not a bad guess! 



If you're a blogger and you're reading this I urge you to try this with your significant other! The responses and analogies are so funny, it's amazing how the male mind works!

If you do a post tweet the link and let me know,  I'd love to read some more!

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30 April 2016

Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream Review



I was incredibly lucky to be sent this latest Sunday Riley release to review prior to the UK launch.

An avid fan of the Ceramic Slip Cleanser (I'm on my third bottle to date!) I hadn't explored many other products other than this one in the Sunday Riley range and I'm not sure why to be honest, I've definitely been missing out that's for sure!

I was sent a full size pot of the new Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream along with a mini Luna Sleeping Night Oil and I wanted to test it out properly prior to sharing my thoughts with you, hence the delay!

I've been using it consistently for the past month and in different climates, so you could say it's been put through it's paces! I used just the cream for the first two weeks and then incorporated the oil into my routine later on just so I could see how the cream performed by itself first of all.

I'm quite often skeptical and disappointed with hyped up skincare products, often finding them to be a huge and expensive disappointment.

However...

I am pleased to say that the Tidal cream does not fall into this category though.  Oh happy days!

Ok, so let's go into a bit more detail....

The Tidal cream interested me initially because it offers two benefits not often seen together in your usual 'moisturiser'.  Hydration and exfoliation.  For me, someone who has true 'combination skin' this ticks both of my main skincare 'needs'.  Something that will moisturise and brighten? I'm all over that shiz!

So, what the Sunday Riley Tidal Cream offers...

  • An intense water drench
  • A significant increase in hydration of the skin
  • Two forms of Hyaluronic Acid
  • It will hydrate and visibly plump the skin
  • Papaya Enzymes to smooth and exfoliate
  • Alpha-arbutin and giant white bird of paradise extract (say what?!) to brighten hyper pigmentation spots and illuminate 



The texture of the cream is not your traditional 'cream' moisturiser, in fact it has a sort of gel / serum type consistency that is very pleasant and refreshing to apply.  It quickly absorbs into the skin and you certainly don't need a lot of it.  The smell is fresh and can be likened to the Estee Lauder Daywear scent.  However, if you do prefer something that is more 'creamy', you are probably not going to get on with this. 

For use during the day it's perfect for applying under foundation, leaving a fresh even canvas to apply make up to.

Used in the evening, I woke up with very plump and moisturised skin, however when paired with the Luna Oil is when it really comes into it's element! I loved the effect of using the two products together and if you are thinking of buying the Tidal cream, I'd recommend you also get the Luna Oil. (but beware, it's blue and you will look like a Smurf going to bed!) 




Over time, I did see evidence of my skin brightening and hyper pigmentation (of which I have lot of) also seemed to improve quite a bit. 

So to conclude, I am pleased to report that the Sunday Riley Tidal Brightening Enzyme Water Cream, despite being one hell of a mouthful to say! is an effective all-rounder and definitely worth investing in if you're looking for a moisturiser that packs a punch and has additional benefits.  My skin is combination but I could also see this really working for all skin-types.  It really helped with dry patches on my skin by eliminating them completely yet my oily T-zone seemed less oily throughout the day when I wore it under make up.

I've popped the links below for those who are interested in purchasing! (let me know if you do and what your thoughts are!)

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16 April 2016

Oh hello Spring!




So it isn't officially the end of Winter until I've packed away my woolly jumpers, scarves and gloves. 

And guess what I did last week?! :)

Consequently, I'm more than a little bit excited about the prospect of Spring and Summer wardrobe planning and already have a short list compiled of things 'I'd like' for the warmer weather.  It's always good to be prepared right?! ;) 

I kicked things off today with a little purchase from Topshop in the form of a Structured Bardot Top.  Not my usual style admittedly, but having seen this style of top everywhere lately I succumbed and took one into the changing room to see if it might suit me.  I didn't have high hopes but I was pleasantly surprised and trotted off to the cash register beaming! 



(Excuse the wispy hair and squinty eyes!)


This top hides a multitude of sins for me (I hate my upper arms!) and accentuates my shoulders (which I like!).  Winner.  I also love the ivory / peach hue. 

I was sent some beautiful jewellery from Dotty & Tink recently and one piece in particular I've been wearing non-stop since I got it (the eagle-eyed amongst you may have spotted it on a recent Instagram photo!) It's the Pink Quartz Crystal Point Pendant and it goes perfectly with the my new bardot top! 










Some of the pieces I'm really looking forward to wearing when I go on holiday to Mykonos next month and I think would look gorgeous paired with floaty white tops and cut off denims! 

Dotty & Tink are an international brand who were set up by a group of friends and they pride themselves on designing and making intricate handmade jewellery, they have some gorgeous pieces on their site so I encourage you to take a look.  I like simple jewellery but they do cater for all different tastes. 










I hope you're all having a good weekend!

Thanks for reading x

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