Monday, 17 June 2013

Purple Smokey Eyes

Well hello everyone! Long time no blog, there has been lots going on and I've barely had time to sleep let alone blog but I'm back :-)

I have created a purple smokey eye look which I love to wear as it really enhances blue eyes. The eye makeup is quite full on so I would probably wear as evening makeup but could easily be toned down for a daytime look. As it is eye heavy I have teamed it with a 'neutral' baby pink lip and a peachy pink cheek.

Products used:
Estee Lauder double wear - Outdoor beige
Estee Lauder double wear powder - Outdoor beige
Kevin Aucoin sculpting powder - Medium
Sleek brow kit - Extra dark
Nars eye primer
Mac eyeshadow - Arena (lid), nocturnelle (crease), shadowy lady (outer corner)
Maxfactor masterpiece glide & define liquid eyeliner - Black
Maybelline volum' express the colossal mascara
Revlon colorstay ultimate suede - High heels
Mac blush - Peaches

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Remington Volumiser Hot Brush Review

I have been intrigued by the Babylis Big Hair Hot Air Brush so when I happened to be in my local Boots and I saw a similar product by Remington at the sale price of £10 I couldn't resist!

The Volumiser Hot Brush is a brilliant product from Remington as it does exactly what it says on the tin. I have naturally curly, fine hair so I need hair products to help form curls and give me lots and lots of volume!

The volumiser heats up very quickly with two heat settings which is great if you are pushed for time. 
I washed, spritzed volumiser spray (did I mention I like big hair?!) and blow dried until my hair was about 90% dry. 

I sectioned my hair off from bottom to top as if you were going to straighten, grabbed the section of hair from the tip and gently rolled the hair up. Using the curl release button after about 10 seconds I untwisted the curl to form a bouncy volumised wave.  

To finish the style I used Frizz Ease's Moisture Barrier Firm-Hold Hairspray (my hair best friend).

This is the result... 

I haven't used the Babylis Big Hair Hot Air Brush before so it would be unfair for me to compare, however I am very pleased with the result from using the Remington Volumiser Hot Brush. I can not believe a product this good only cost me £10 - I love a bargain!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Black & Red Winter Fashion

Happy new year everyone! 

I think I can still get away with saying that, it is still January after all.
It feels good to be back on the blogging circuit, I haven't published anything for over a month and I've started getting the withdrawal symptoms, so here goes...

Can you believe it yesterday was the first time this winter I have put on a thick winter coat. I get attached to thin jackets, thick cardigans and almost forget that I have about 5 winter coats ready to be worn. 

I bought this red coat from Evans two years ago, possibly in the sale (I can't remember). I really like the shape of this coat - almost knee length with a waist belt. 

The black jeans are from New Look, the plain black T shirt is from H&M and the black leather boots I recently picked up from the Office sale.
 I think these ankle boots have to be the best sale item I've purchased this January sale as they are so versatile - I can wear them under jeans, smartly under black work trousers or worn with leggings and dresses. Thanks Office!

Sunday, 25 November 2012

'Glamour Daze' from Mac

Yet again Mac cosmetics have brought out a fabulous collection called 'Glamour Daze' from their Holiday range. Mac have steered well clear of the typical holiday colours such as; reds and mountains of obvious glitter and have designed a colour collection that is suitable for everyone which leads the way on an alternative glamourous, hinting on the 60's look.

I couldn't resist a trip to the Mac store when I saw the collection online, many items had sold out (not surprising) so I purchased the items I was drawn to the most. 

The first thing I picked up was an extra dimension eyeshadow in the colour 'A Natural Flirt', a gorgeous champagne/nude with a strong undertone of light pink, shimmery colour. Very wearable as a wash of colour on the lids or incorporated into a stronger smokey eye.


The second extra dimension eyeshadow I bought was in the colour 'Evening Grey', a sexy silver/light gun metal grey shadow with a heavy shimmer. This colour, I would suggest is more of an evening (hence the name) look which could be accompanied simply with a black eyeliner or used in a smokey eye. 

The last piece I purchased from the collection is a lipglass in the colour 'Talk Softly To Me'. I amazingly have never bought any of the Mac glass' so I was very excited to try this one - I absolutely LOVE it!

I know the pictures below aren't particularly clear but I wanted to show you my interpretation of the 60's glamour makeup using 'A Natural Flirt' and 'Talk Softly To Me'. 

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Outfit Of The Night

I think I may have found the ultimate bargain, and found it was in Asda for £16!
George in my opinion are producing some gorgeous pieces that are; on trend, comfortable and very affordable without skimping on quality this season.

The bargain piece I'm raving about is this gorgeous Floral Jersey Wrap Dress:

This is what George says:
        With a relaxed cut that flatters grown-up curves and bold fabrics that spell confidence, the Moda collection injects personality into your look. Fluid pieces, rich colours and feminine details combine to create an organically chic capsule closet you’ll love. So make life less ordinary with exciting, elegant clothes that put you centre stage.

To me this dress just screams 'AUTUMN!', can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion, I went to see 'The Blue Dukes' perform in a pub near Old Street last night.  I felt totally comfortable in this outfit even after the second glass of rose. Admittedly I needed some jewellery to complete the look and will be on the hunt for a mid-length necklace and possibly a statement ring.


I teamed the dress with a navy blazer - also from George, a tan bag (I love a tan bag!), black leggings and heeled brogue shoes in brown. 

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Outfit Of The Night

I went to one of those 'nice pubs' with great food and a real crackling fire last night for a family birthday in Oxfordshire. The bird print, sweetheart neck dress is from ASOS Curve, they have an almost identical dress in black (see previous post) a stretchy, easy to wear fabric. The jacket is also a jersey material which I feel gives the outfit a formal yet relaxed feel without looking like I'm going to an interview. 

Navy blazer - George 
Leggings - New Look
Shoes - New Look
Belt - Evans
Bracelet - River Island

The black and gold belt was a last minute decision, which looking back at the photo could have been a different colour possibly a neutral/tan to bring the blues together and highlight the pale pink and gold bracelet. I like these belts below - the gold bow belt from ASOS curve and the dark tan and gold belt from Evans.

 The outfit was really comfortable to wear, I would recommend the bird print dress as it can be dressed up or down accordingly.

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Outfit of the Night

It was my partner's birthday a few days ago - the big '30' so we went out for dinner last night to celebrate properly.

I'm always on the look out for the ultimate 'little black dress' with sleeves but it seems designers overlook the importance of a dress with 3/4 sleeves and it's very difficult to find! I'm someone that doesn't really follow fashion to the absolute point, I like to be a bit different.
At the moment all I see when I go out are girls wearing short dresses with sweetheart necklines and yes some of them look AMAZING! However, some girls really get it wrong.
So being the rebellious person that I am, I like to wear shrugs or sleeves with my never above the knee dress!

When I saw this dress on ASOS I had to get it! Diamonds and Pearls has also blogged about this dress which encouraged me to purchase after it looked so flattering on her.

Dress - Asos curve
 The shoes are from New Look and are surprisingly comfortable. The clutch is a Julien Macdonald cream with metallic snake effect bag. The broach is from Ebay and the bracelet is from Fenwicks.