Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Barely Nude

On Saturday night I went out for a few drinks with my best friend to a couple of bars/clubs in Swansea. I see every time I go out as an excuse to buy a new outfit and this one was inspired by the stunning Sarah Ashcroft. When she posted this look I fell in love with the trousers and I already had a simular top, so technically I wasn't buying a whole new outfit!
I'm really impressed with the quality of these trousers as their only £18, I'm definitely going to be picking them up in all other colours as they were so comfy.

**Excuse the cat in the background, she insisted on making her blog debut!

Trousers - Missguided Here 
Knitted crop top - Primark Simular  
Wedges - New Look (old)
White Clutch - Zara (last year)
Rings - Pandora & Primark 
Bangles - Boutique in Marbella
Earrings - Aldo 

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Sunday, 28 June 2015

WOMF: The Carli Lash

Benefit Porefessional 
Makeup Forever HD Foundation 135
Mac Pro Longwear Concealer NC20
Illamasqua Skin Base Concealer in Dark 
Illamasqua Translucent Loose Powder
Nars Laguna Bronzer
Anastasia Beverly Hills contour kit - Banana and Fawn 
Nars Orgasm Blush 
Estée Lauder Highlighter in Heatwave 

Urban Decay Original Primer Potion
Jaclyn Hill Favourites Morphe Brushes Pallette 
Maybelline black gel eyeliner
Velour Lashes - the Carli Lash 
Max factor false lash effect black Mascara
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown 

Mac Whirl lip liner
Topshop Desert Lipstick 

All finished with Urban Decay setting spray. 

Hope you've all had a lovely weekend! 

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Friday, 26 June 2015

Style: the Ultimate Summer Maxi

On Sunday I went out for a meal with my family to celebrate my birthday and Fathers Day. I hadn't planned on buying anything new but on the Friday when I saw Boohoo had next day delivery for £1.99, I ordered this maxi on a complete whim and ended up loving it.
I decided to get it in the rust colour as I have nothing of this colour in my wardrobe and felt it could be a different addition. I was surprised at how flattering this colour is, it really accentuates a tan which is great for summer. I bought a size 12 but found that it came up quite big especially around the boob area and in length - I just put on my highest heels for Sunday but I will definitely be getting this shortened. 
I don't know why these photos are slightly blurry I think I may have touched some setting to my camera before taking these and please don't judge my expression this was my first outfit post so I felt pretty awkward posing haha! 

Maxi - BooHoo Here 
Wedges - boutique in Marbella 
Watch - Michael Kors Simular 
Ring - Primark 
Bangles - boutique in Marbella

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Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Holiday Haul

Whilst I was in Puerto Banus there were a couple of days where the weather wasn't great. So one morning we decided to walk down to the port to have a look in all the shops. 

Here's what I picked up whilst on my shopping trip.  

I almost passed out with excitement when I realised there was a Sephora counter in the local El Corte Inglés and spent a good half hour browsing all that they had to offer before making my final decision. 

**all prices are approximates, I lost my receipt so am not sure of the exact prices.  

I couldn't not pick up one of Sephora's renowned Cream Lip Stains (€14). I didn't know what colour to go for and finally decided on 09 Watermelon Slice which is a gorgeous coral/red shade which I think will be perfect for summer. 

Next I picked up the Sephora Lip Liner to Go in 02 Fresh Melon (€6). I've been looking for a coral lip liner for ages and this one is the perfect shade. It goes amazing with the cream lip stain I picked up and I've also been using it with Mac 'morange'. 

Another product that's been on my wish list forever is the Make Up Forever HD Foundation (€42) but as you can't get it easily in the UK I've never been able to colour match myself, so this was another must for me to pick up. Trying to colour match myself was a bit difficult, the lighting in the shop was awful and the mirrors were tiny but I finally settled on shade 135. I think I will do an in depth review of this foundation but so far I really like it, the colour I think I could have gone for slightly darker around this time of year but it can easily be warmed up with some bronzer. 

The last thing I picked up in Sephora was a Beauty Blender (€14), they had these piled up by the till so this ended up being a bit of an impulse buy. But I am so glad I tried this, I am now fully converted!

The lovely lady at the till also gave me and my friend a sample of a blush each which was super sweet! 

Next I picked up these two bangles in a boutique which was next door to the supermarket near our hotel. When I saw these they instantly reminded me of the Cartier bangles the Kardashians/Jenners are always seen rocking, but at being thousands a piece these were more budget friendly. I picked up a silver and rose gold bangle which were only €10 each, I think they look way more expensive! 

The final thing I picked up were these wedges, they were love at first sight. I'd seen them a few days prior and then couldn't get them off my mind so knew they had to be mine. These were in a boutique on the port underneath the nightclub Pangea.  

I love how different these are too anything I ever see here in the UK. These were only €29 euros which were a complete bargain - they also came in turquoise and now I'm totally regretting not picking up both pairs.  I've already worn these numerous times in the week I've been home! 

Hope you've enjoyed seeing what I picked up on holiday! Are you going abroad this year? 

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Thursday, 18 June 2015

Marbella Look Book

On Sunday I returned home from spending a week in Puerto Banus, Marbella. I had the most amazing week although the weather wasn't great but I thought I'd share some of the outfits I wore whilst I was away.

Day 1

Swimsuit - eBay HERE
Shorts - Topshop Simular
Shoes - Kurt Geiger Simular
Body Chain - ASOS Here
Bangle - Primark 
Watch - Michael Kors 

On the first day we ended up doing a bit of filming for Towie. We were told it was going to be a beach party held at Plaza Beach and it would go on from 12-8pm. As I knew it was highly likely we were going to be on camera I wanted to wear something I felt comfortable in, which for me wasn't a bikini. 

**if anyone was watching Towie last night see if you can spot me haha!

Evening 2 

Top - Primark
Shorts - Topshop Here 
Shoes - as before 
Watch - Michael Kors 

Evening 3 

Dress - Topshop Here 
Shoes - as before 
Bangle - Primark 

Evening 4 

Skirt - H&M Here
Top - Primark 
Sandals - River Island Here 
Necklace - Primark 
Watch - Michael Kors 

Evening 5 

Skirt - Primark
Top - Primark 
Shoes - Missguided Simular 

Evening 6 

Dress - H&M Simular
Shoes - as before 

Sorry the quality of some of these photos weren't great but I wanted to give you a glimpse of my holiday style. 

Whilst in Marbella I found a Sephora in one of the department stores so I do have a cheeky haul coming soon. 

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Marbella Manicure

Hello Glamours!!

Just thought I'd do a quick post on the manicure/pedicure I've had done for Marbella. 

Today I visited Polished Nails  where the girls there gave me an amazing gel pedicure and acrylic nails. 
(Gills Photo) 

Gill gets booked up months in advance which just speaks for her talents itself! It was my first time at polished nails and I am so happy I already cannot wait to go back for my next set! 

If your ever in Swansea please try and hit up Polished Nails as they are amaaaazinggg and I cannot recommend them enough!!! 

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Friday, 5 June 2015

Mini Illamasqua Haul

Believe it or not when I was in London completing the MUA course I hardly bought any makeup!  I don’t know why this was; I had planned on raiding the Selfridges beauty hall but just didn’t get round to it.  

When I did go shopping I spent most of my time in clothes shops stocking up on a summer wardrobe for my upcoming holidays (look book coming soon!). 
We did however have a course trip to the Illamasqua boutique in Soho? One evening where they were offering a 20% off discount to the London School of Makeup students.  Over the first week I made up a list of products I had used in the school and wanted to pick up for myself.  I didn’t go crazy at all and here’s what I bought.

Before studying at LSM, translucent powder is something I shied away from and always overlooked.  I think the whiteness of the powder used to put me off, being a fake tan lover why would I then want to plaster white powder all over my face?!   I usually use Nars loose powder in Beach or Rimmel Stay Matte powder.  But oh my god since trying this Illamasqua powder I literally cannot use anything else.  It feels like silk on the skin, is ultra-lightweight and doesn’t leave a chalky/cakey look.  This powder would suit any skin tone – I used it on light medium and even dark skin.  I now can’t remember how I used to set my makeup without this. 

This eye shadow is just the dream!! This is a matte shadow and on the website is described as a ‘rich chocolate plum’ shade but I would say it is more purpley than brown.  We all used to fight to use this shadow on the course, it works with every skin type and can be worn on its own or incorporated into a Smokey eye.   I fell in love with a number of the Illamasqua eye shadows but this one was my favourite.   

I had also wanted to also pick up the Lip colouring pencil in Fantasy  and their pure pigment in ‘ore’.  The lip liner is the perfect pinky/brown, which I thought was very similar to the Charlotte Tilbury lip cheat in 'Pillow Talk' and I was absolutely gutted that they had sold out.  

When I was paying the girl who served me had the most stunning eye shadow on which she told me was the Pure Pigment in Ore. I loved it so much and I thought I'd asked the girl for two, one for me and one for a friend.  But long story short (after a panic of thinking I'd lost one), I realised I had only bought actually bought one which I gave to my friend, so I definitely will be going to pick myself up one of these beauties! 

What are your favourite Illamasqua products? 

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Holiday Beauty Essentials

This Sunday I'm heading off for a week in sunny Marbella! I'm so excited I cannot wait to be sitting pool side sipping cocktails in the heat.

Being complete beauty junkie I thought I'd show you my must have summer holiday beauty essentials. These products I take away with me every year without fail and would panic without them being packed in my case. 

Moisturiser with a gradual tanner - My absolute favourite is the Garnier Summer Body  in Deep which I like to use instead of an after sun, by applying this every night I keep up a sun kissed look for the whole holiday!

I love to take Benefit Hoola Bronzer away with me, it's the perfect shade for summer and is such a handy size for travelling. 

Max Factor False Lash Effect  Mascara - ain't got no time for panda eyes round by the pool or in the heat!! 

A liquid illuminator - I am currently obsessed with the Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination . On holiday I like to wear this mixed in with my foundation during the evenings or I just apply a touch to my cheek bones, brow bone and down the bridge of my nose for around the pool. 

Malibu Bronzing Tanning Oil 15 - I love an tanning oil with SPF for my holidays and this one from Malibu has a tan enhancer in it. I've used this for the last few years and absolutely love it! I also take a factor 30 cream for the first day and I apply this to my face everyday to avoid wrinkles!

Bright Lipsticks - my classic summer makeup look is super bronzed skin, gold eyes and a bright lip. At the moment these are the two lipsticks I cannot get enough of and will definitely be taking away with me. They are Chanel Rouge Coco in 56 (I cannot find the exact one online) and Mac Morange  

Clinique CC Cream  - this is the perfect base for holiday, it provides a light base for the day or can be built up for a full evening coverage. 

Batiste Dry Shampoo - I could not go on holiday with out a bottle of dry shampoo. Perfect for the evenings when you've had one too many pool side cocktails and can't quite manage to wash your hair or for the nights you just want some extra volume! 

So there you have my must have holiday beauty products. What are your holiday essentials, I'd love to know?! 

I will be creating a Marbella look book whilst on holiday so keep your eyes peeled in the next few weeks for that.

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