Thursday, 23 October 2014

BRUSHES ON A BUDGET




When it comes to make-up brushes there are some great budget options out there and sometimes it's really worth sticking with the drugstore.
My favourite brand to buy brushes has to be Real Techniques, they're such good quality and so well priced. The hairs are soft and dense and apply make-up perfectly and they have a brush for everything. My favourites include The expert face brush, The buffing brush and The contour brush.  
Another great place to buy brushes is E.L.F cosmetics. The cheaper ones, no, they're crap but the brushes from the studio collection are really great, especially The flawless concealer brush.
An underrated brand to get brushes from has to be Eco Tools I got a set for my birthday and was really surprised by the quality, especially considering the price.



   










Tuesday, 21 October 2014

HOW'S IT HANGING? - Checks and Stripes






When it comes to patterns and prints it can be difficult to find a piece that you are confident enough to wear, I'm definitely of guilty of buying something with a brave pattern and never having the confidence to wear it and sometimes no matter how much you love something, it still ends up sitting in your wardrobe, being forgotten about. If you want to ease yourself into prints, checks and stripes are a good place to start and if your still nervous I'd recommend starting with colours that are easy to style, such as a monochrome colour scheme. Black and white are always easy to wear and go with everything. If your avoiding prints because you don't think you'll wear them, then buy something you know you'll wear, like a T-shirt or even a scarf.
Here are some pieces I love and are great for people like me, who love patterns, but struggle wearing them-

  • First up is a checked blouse from ASOS which is a slightly more daring option but parred with something simple like skinny jeans and converse, you have a perfect outfit. Or wear under a chunky knit jumper with just the collar showing for something more subtle.
  • Next is a stripped T-shirt from H&M which I bought for those days when I don't want to think about my outfit but it has become one of my favourite  T-shirts and one of my most worn.  Despite being a simple print the thin stripes and grey colours mean it's still a little different to your usual stripe T-shirt and I find the boxy shape very flattering on my figure.
  • The latest addition to my collection (hence the tags)  is this Asos checked sleeveless blazer. The length means it's perfect for layering and I can't wait to wear it under an oversized coat and over a slogan Tee. 

   











Sunday, 19 October 2014

MY OCTOBER BOX











 I really didn't think it was possible for My little box to be cuter than the last, but it happened and here it is. This month, the adorable Parisian box, collaborated with designer Diane Von Furstenberg to create a beautifully packaged box, full to the rim with bright patterns and colours. The box came with three beauty products including a micellar water from the box's own in house beauty brand, a hair spray and a hand cream. From the designer her self I received a gorgeous head scarf with the most amazing pattern and a lip shaped pin, which is described as "A kiss from Diane" which I think is just adorable! I also received a cute motivational post card and a magazine. I love this box more and more every time and it's so nice to be able to come home to such an exciting thing waiting for you. Can't wait for next month's box...




Sunday, 12 October 2014

AUTUMN LIPS- THE REDS






The first thing I think of when I hear the word Autumn? Red lips, especially the berry shades! I rarely wear a bold lip in the warmer months so my favourite red shades have become reserved for the Autumn months.

First up is Rimmel's Kate Moss lipstick in the shade 001. It's no secret that when it comes to the drugstore Rimmel are great at lip products and their Kate moss collection is no acceptation. The formula is long lasting and feels nice on the lips. I love this shade, it's on the more berry side of red which make it perfect for Autumn/ winter.

Next I've chosen a more traditional shade of red, a Rimmel Apocalips in the shade Bang Bang.  When I first bought this I didn't get all the hype, but it turns out it was how I was applying it that was the problem. I was using it like a lipgloss which just ended in red gloop all over my face and teeth (no...I'm not kidding) but the second time I used a lip brush and applied thin, even layers until I was happy with it and it lasted hours and didn't budge. My only complaint would be that because of the matte finish your lips feel really dry.

A product that exceeded my expectations was The Ultimate Volume lipgloss from SEVENTEEN in the shade very berry. As the name suggests this is a gorgeous berry shade, not the most pigmented but easy to build and gives the lips a nice stain.

What will you be wearing on your lips this Autumn?









Thursday, 9 October 2014

OUTFIT INSPIRATION #2




  I love a good bomber jacket and this one from Monki is just beyond gorgeous! It's definitely on my wish list. When it comes to tops I love wearing a peplum, it's a great way of hiding your tummy while still keeping your shape. This one from Asos also has a gorgeous open back which adds some interest to what would usually be quite simple. Now cigarette trousers aren't really my thing and neither are ankle grazers but put them together for some reason you've found a pair of trousers I quite like. Strange, I know.  A simple black bag and a gold watch goes with everything, and what simpler way to accessorise?