My Week On Instagram

I have spent most of this week waiting *patiently* for parcels to arrive. I’m still waiting for the rest of my IT Cosmetics to arrive (thanks for that Beautylish). On Wednesday the mothership of all things beauty was posted in the form of Sephora. I decided to go ahead and order the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette. There has been much controversy surrounding the eyeshadow pallette but thankfully my order did not disappoint! The pigmentation, texture and quality are Becca worthy and I’m madly in love. To say it’s majestic is an understatement, the packaging is very ‘Instagram appropriate’ and the colours certainly pop.

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Aztec in Autumn

Autumn is well and truly in full swing and the time to bust out the coat has arrived. I often find shopping for the perfect style, colour and print difficult as not all of them look flattering. I got this aztec coat last year from Marks and Spencer after seeing the fab Fearne Cotton wearing it.

It’s pretty light weight yet holds the heat like you wouldn’t believe. The silk lining keeps me nice and warm while the bold print does all of the talking. It’s by far one of my favourite pieces from my wardrobe and I wear it constantly during the autumn/winter season.

I paired it with my new favourite Zara top and torn boyfriend jeans from Topshop. I kept all accessories and make up to a minimum as there is a lot going on with this look. Sometimes I just love laying off the jewellery and focusing on the clothes themselves. By the way, how cute is the pink pom pom?! I’m really into them at the minute. I love mixing and matching them with various bags.

I’ve had these tan cut out ankle boots for a few year’s now and rarely wear them. Every time I get them out I tell myself that I need to wear them more (another strange trait of mine) and I’ll make sure I do this season. They are a really comfortable shoe to wear as the heel isn’t that high and they are so easy to style, I loved pairing them with my jeans.

Happy Friday, lovelies! Hope you all have a great weekend, I’ll be spending mine indulging in some retail therapy!

Nx

All That Glory

For a long time, I have been meaning to check out Soap & Glory and their make up collection. I already have their skincare products and I am excited to start using their products. I have been hearing so much from various beauty bloggers Vivianna Does Make Up and vlogger, Jamie Genevieve. I’ve been watching Anna’s YouTube videos for a while now and she always raves about their Solar Powder Multi Shade Bronzer. On Saturday, I was watching Jamie’s latest video and she shared the Kick Ass Concealer. I really liked the sound of it so I ventured into Boots and delved into a mini shopping spree. To balance things out I treated myself to the L’Oréal La Palette Nude.

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I haven’t quite mastered the contouring game, however I’m hoping that the multi shade and highlighter combination will help me with the process. I don’t know if it’s my technique or skin but I just find it tough to blend. I spend a solid twenty minutes working that contour out and it still seems quite harsh. I absolutely love make up but sometimes I’m afraid to fully tackle it with the fear of looking like a clown.

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Highlighters are my friend. I just adore them as they instantly lift my skin and give it an illuminating glow. The packaging and design of the Soap & Glory products are absolutely devine. The highlighter has been incorporated into the Solar Powder through their initials. It’s almost too cute to use! Last week I purchased the Real Techniques contouring bold metal brush. You can see it here.

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I try endlessly to find that perfect concealer that will cover my dark circles. I am pretty self conscious about them, they drive me insane and no matter what I buy or how much I put in they always come through. I drink water like it is going out of fashion and still no joy. So now I’m at the point where I have waved the white flag and surrendered to them. Saying that I will forever try and test new concealers. However, when a concealer has the words, ‘Kick Ass‘ in the title, you’re damn sure I’m intrigued. It’s a three piece camouflage kit that is designed to conceal, hide and set your under eye and blemish areas.

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The darling little compact is enough to make me purchase it. I’m actually quite excited to start using this despite my all of my negatively surrounding my dark circles. It’s a clever idea and makes being on the move that little bit easier. The left shade is for those frustrating bags and the right shade is for any blemishes on your face. The translucent powder is there to keep it all in place. It’s just too cute!

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Now onto the much hyped about L’Oréal La Palette Nude. I have been seeing so many bloggers uaing this in their everyday beauty routines. It has been featured quite a bit and I have finally been able to get my hands on it. Now, unfortunately the joys of blogging brings some ‘out of my hands’ photography lighting. The shades in my image look more purple toned but believe me, it’s a beautiful warm nude set of shades.

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I can definitely see myself creating a nice smokey eye. When I tested it out in Boots, the pigmentation seemed quite good so I am looking forward to testing it out in the coming days. I’ve a few nights out coming up so it will be the perfect opportunity to get creative.

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If any of you lovelies have any great contouring tips please feel free to leave me a comment.

Nx

Sound of the Sales

It is crazy to think that Christmas is over. Sometimes I sit back and think that all of that hype was for one day! However, I suppose that is what makes it all so exhilarating. When you see your loved one tear open their gift and the look of excitement on their face makes it all the worth while. After you have digested your food baby and sweated the alcohol out of your system, for us ladies the task of shopping the sales takes on a whole new level.

I prefer St Stephen’s Day (Boxing Day) as it is perfectly acceptable to lounge around in your new fluffy PJ’s and indulge in some Quality Street sweeties and a touch of online shopping. I have never really been the type to pound the pavements to snap up a bargain, I would rather relax and shop online from the comfort of my own home. However saying that, I know everyone is different and I understand that there are ladies out there who enjoy making the trip into town to treat themselves and spend their Christmas gift vouchers for Boots and Debenhams. Today, I have highlighted some of my favourites bargains from the sales, some I have already purchased.

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1. Accessorize – Surpreme Stacking Ring Set: WAS £17, NOW £6.

I am a sucker for stacking rings, it is my new favourite piece of accessory to wear on a night out. The combination of black and gold is a personal favourite of mine. These gorgeous styles from Accessorize are an absolute steal.

2. Lulu Guiness Black & White Stripe Clutch: WAS £325, NOW £195.

Ahhhh, my darling Lulu. I have been a huge fan of Lulu Guiness for a few years now and she always has a great sale. I’m a lover of all things black and white, this clutch is the perfect accessory for bringing in the New Year.

3. House of Fraser – Mary Portas Grey Silk Sweater: WAS £69, NOW £20.50.

I adore everything about this beautiful Mary Portas jumper. With this style it can act as a cute daytime piece worn with skinny jeans or you can dress it up with a pencil skirt for a fabulous dinner and cocktails attire.

4. Faith at Debenhams – Metallic Brogues: WAS £45, NOW £13.50.

Alarms bell ring whenever I see the good old 70% off sign. My heartbeat races as I check to see if my size is available, call me dramatic but it is the truth. Faith shoes still have their concession in Debenhams and often put on a good sale. These metallic brogues are perfect for those of you who want to start making more of a statement in 2015.

5. Space NK – Laura Mercier, Into The Wild Collection: WAS £78, NOW £39.

The mother of all things beauty, Laura Mercier is a strong favourite with beauty bloggers and this fabulous three palette collection is a must have for those of you who are into their make up. The set consists of eye shadows, blushers and bronzing shades. An unbelievable bargain and worth the hype.

6. Space NK – Laura Mercier, Travel Brush Set: WAS £78, NOW £39.

Continuing with both Space NK and Laura Mercier, I could not resist sharing this pretty travel brush set. It is the perfect purchase for those of you who are building up their brush collection. It can be costly buying brushes individually, so I would recommend a set for those of you who are just starting off.

7. Boots – Michael Kors Sexy Amber 50ml Gift Set: WAS £54.50, NOW £36.33.

I am a huge fan of all things MK, I have his handbags, clutches, purses, jewellery, make up and this perfume. The fragrance consists of Amber, Sandalwood and Jasmine. It smells Devine and I would highly recommend it to those of you who like a warm scent.

8. Yankee Candle – Apple Chai Jar: WAS £18.99, NOW £13.30.

During the sales, I’m not all about the style and beauty departments. I will venture into the candle concession and smell up a storm. A girl who loves a good candle will always appreciate the Yankee Candle sale. This year I will suggested a jar that breaks away from their traditional scent. I always buy a new scent after Christmas as I live burning it in the New Year. Call me weird, but it’s one of my things and I love it. Something light and sweet such as this Apple Chai is always a great scent to have around your home.

9. River Island – 5 Inch & Up Snakeskin Boots: WAS £120, NOW £60.

My final selection from the sales will not be for everyone. Many people find it hard to like the snakeskin style, myself included, but when I set eyes on these ankle boots from River Island, it was love. Finnish fashion blogger, Sandra Hagelstam, collaborated with River Island to design a collection of shoes and boots that are utterly fabulous. If you are not afraid of a high heel or statement shoe, them I would suggest going online or to your nearest store and purchasing yourself a pair immediately.

Hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Enjoy shopping up an absolute storm in the sales, just try not to elbow anyone!

Nx

My week on Instagram ♥

I had so many Instagram images to share with all of you having taken a little time off next week. This week I’ve selected my favourite pictures over the past two weeks consisting of food, fashion, beauty, illustrations and a very fabulous rooftop jacuzzi.

I’m very excited today as this day next week, it will be my first full day in Boston. I’m heading over there for a week or so then jetting up to the Big Apple. It’s all so fabulous and I cannot wait! I’ll be sharing so many images from my trip on my Instagram so make sure you follow me to be kept up to date! ♥

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(Photo credit: Anna Wintour illustration by Rongrong DeVoe || Fantasy Gown illustration by ShameKH)

Happy Hump Day, lovelies! Hope you have a fab one. I’m off to get a hair ‘did’. Pamper day! 🙂

Nx