Tuesday, 22 July 2014

The New Start


Dress: Lavish Alice*; Coat: Dorothy Perkins; Shoes: House of Fraser*; Bag: eBay;

Nervous and embarrassing or what? This was way out of my comfort zone but I wanted to start taking outfit photos outside a lot more as I've noticed ever since I've moved into my flat, the light source wasn't that great and can tell that the quality isn't up to scratch since I needed to photoshop it to brighten it up etc. This was also to help get my confidence back and to boost it. So plucking up the courage and with the help of my trusty tripod and digital camera, these photos were born. The quality is immaculate if I do say so myself! I was debating whether to add a watermark or not?

Please excuse the 2 inch roots. I have decided to be a tramp and not dye it until I know what my next exact, perfect hair colour should be. Been contemplating on a dark blonde, light brown but it does have its disadvantages especially when the roots peep out again. I could always let my hair grow out but we shall see.

I wore this outfit to my brother's graduation however I ended up packing the wrong heels. I had worn ones that were the least comfortable and wished I was more organised. Had a blast and not looking forward to seeing the dreaded family photo. Here is a bonus picture of my sister and I having fun with balloons.

Who says you cannot find amazing sandals that are affordable under £30 at the House of Fraser? I had picked up these neon pink ones and they are Steve Madden footwear. Originally £65, they were reduced to £19. Yes you've read it right! £19 Steve Madden shoes! They also stock brands that aren't higher end such as Dorothy Perkins, Evans. The sale is also your best friend. Don't be afraid to shop at the House of Fraser.

P.S. Why does my tan look a tad orange? Too much Spanish sun maybe?

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Enrapture Encode Totem Styler



I rarely curl my hair because being the fuss pot I am, I only want a certain style of curl. Having only owning a 38mm barrel, I wanted one something smaller and ended up purchase this Enrapture Encode Totem Styler. With all of the raved reviews (I've joined the trend a tad late) and the interesting concept, I caved in. A 25mm barrel consisting of 3 heat zones which are controlled by the dials, from 1 for loose curls through to 3 for tight curls.

For the curls above, I have used 1-2-2 and with the mini flipper and I love the outcome! Looser at the top and slightly tighter towards the bottom resulting in a volumous look. These are the exact curls I've been wanting. I cannot wait for my hair to grow even more then it'll be perfect. After each usage, I haven't actually noticed whether the titanium plating had left my hair looking shiny as I was "starstruck" with the outcome. I have noticed it hasn't tugged my hair and it took me 10 minutes to do my full head as I have thin hair. The curls lasted a good full working day or even slightly longer which is also helped by the use of styling products.

It heats up in around 50 seconds and I must admit, did burn myself whilst I was using it. Ouch newbie alert. An instruction booklet came with it containing a few look examples which you can create with this styler as well as instructions. Very useful for a beginner. You'll need to practice with it to get the hang of it like with other curlers. This is the perfect wand to create many many looks all in one without having to change to other tools.

I would start curling my hair more now that I have this. I definitely recommend it and I would experiment with more curling ideas. Random but don't you hate it when one side of your hair looks amazing whereas the other side is the total opposite?!

Have you tried Enrapture before?

Monday, 14 July 2014

Duty Free Shopping Haul


We all know how duty free shopping at airports can be a killer. Those who follows my Twitter and Instagram would know that I went to Amsterdam last weekend just for a weekend getaway. Since I was carrying my luggage with me on board, I didn't want to purchase any liquid based items until my flight back. I wouldn't say I had purchased lots since I'm attempting to save money for my trip across the pond next Easter. Waiting for my flight back to the UK, I stand in the stores looking at prices and using my phone converting currency, Euros to the Pound Sterling as well as googling how much it is in the UK. As I didn't have enough Euros in cash to spend, I had to use my card meaning that I do get charged for overseas purchases so that had to be taken into consideration as well.

Flying from Birmingham, I had purchased the midi rings from Accessorize as well as the card purse. I saw this cute, small duffle bag there but I didn't have enough room in my bag to store it since the budget airlines had a one bag only policy for cabin baggage. Totally regret not purchasing it now. Need to get it when I next get paid.

At Amsterdam Schiphol Airport, I had purchased the Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream and the head chain from Accessorize. I was going to purchase the head chain at Birmingham but I'm not sure what had stopped me. And of course, I can't leave without purchasing a tourist souvenir. I loved climbing up on the I Am Amsterdam monument so I wanted a mini version of it myself! This wasn't purchased at the Airport. Thought I'd put it out there. I wanted to purchase more at the Schiphol Airport but there was the dreaded save money excuse. I was definitely close to splashing out especially at the MAC counter.

The headchain is actually too big for me! I'll have to adjust it at some point.

Do you love duty free shopping?

Here is a bonus picture I had taken whilst I was there:

I love European architecture!

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

A Simple Festival Makeup Look Tutorial


EASY AS 1, 2, 3

Whenever the word festival is mentioned, bright colours, rhinestones, floral, boho comes straight to mind for both fashion and makeup. Boohoo had contacted me to created a festival makeup look and thought it'd be fun to get involved! As I was clearing and organising my makeup drawers, I had found paper eyelashes and thought this would be great for a festival look as I haven’t seen one with this idea before. This look is great for those who want the natural yet different eye makeup look. An absolute simple and easy look to recreate. Just hope that it doesn’t rain!

1. Apply your primer, foundation, concealer, powder for a smooth base. Fill in your eyebrows.

2. Apply a nude brown shimmer to the entire lid then apply a darker shimmery brown at the outer third of the eye and blend. You can use matte eyeshadows if you prefer.
3. Line the upper lashes with a black eyeliner. Curl lashes and apply mascara.
4. Cut your favourite eyelashes in half. Apply glue to the inner lash half, wait until it’s tacky then stick it to the inner part of the lash line.
5.Carefully trim the paper lashes in half and decide which half you want to stick on the upper and lower lashes. Apply the glue to the lash half you want to stick on the upper eyelid. Once tacky, stick this onto the outer corner.

6. Lightly line the lower lash with a brown eyeliner or eyeshadow from the outer corner to two thirds in.
7. Apply the glue to the other half of the paper lash line and stick this onto the outer third of the bottom lash line.

8. Apply a bronzer to the hollows of the cheeks and along the jawline with a light hand then a peachy nude blusher to the apples of your cheeks.
9. Apply a violet or fuchsia lip stain.
Products I had used:
Urban Decay De Slick Oil Setting Spray
Revlon Colourstay Liquid Foundation in Sand Beige
MAC Prolong Concealer in NW20
MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder
Revlon Eyebrow Pencil in Hazel
MUA Professional Eyeshadow Palette in Heaven & Earth
MAC Liquidlast Eyeliner
eBay False Eyelashes
Born to Pretty Paper Eyelashes
Sleek Face Form in Light
Bourjois Cream Blush in Nude Velvet
YSL Glossy Stain in #26 Violine Surrealiste
Don't forget to add a floral headband! A bit cliche?

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain Lip in 26 Violine Surrealiste



First of all, thank you mother for purchasing this me ages ago! I got a little over excited mainly because of the packaging. Who doesn't? Finally reviewing this and the first thing I had noticed is the shade. Looking at it, it is a purple, violet shade with a magenta, fuchsia undertone. It isn't too bright nor dark, this is definitely a summer shade!

One swipe on the lips and it gives the lips a lovely, very noticeable saturation of colour, not even a sheer pigmentation, leaving a great shine adding dimension to the lips. The shine will fade over time as you would expect with lipglosses. This is definitely buildable to increase opaqueness bt I find one swipe is enough. It is brighter on the lips than on my hands and in the packaging. Blotting will leave the lips a stain of colour.

I thought the consistency was unique, quite watery, something I haven't experienced before. It felt weird since this was a first time experience but the liquid feeling disappears and doesn't become sticky as you'd get with many lipglosses unless you blot then it is sticky. Feels like gel after the water gimmick fades. I can definitely feel that this is a high quality product as compared to drugstore products. It doesn't settle into the lines, bleed, emphasise any dry patches or even drying! It seemed to have held up well whilst I ate and drank. A top is needed once during the day and possibly again during the night if I'm out with colleagues straight after work.

The wand is very easy to use and the shape is perfect allowing me to easily define my lip shape. The scent slightly gives me a headache sometimes. A floral scent which is very artificial. Not really my cup of tea but it doesn't stop me using it. Tastes weird too (not directly of course). I love this shade and definitely need to try out more of their other shades. I do hope their other shades are worth £25 each.

Have you tried any of YSL's Glossy Stains?