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22 Jun 2017

Review: Urban Decay All Nighter vs the Heatwave


I was sent the legendary Urban Decay All Nighter makeup setting spray last week, and I thought what better way to test it than in the UK heatwave we're having at the moment. 

The spray promises to keep makeup looking perfect for up to 16 hours without it melting, fading or settling into fine lines. Quite a promise! I decided to try it out for a full day at work in this super hot weather, and then for a netball match in the evening, hoping its temperature controlling properties hold out. 

First thing in the morning, here's my makeup


 I wore MAC Studio Fix Fluid foundation and MAC Pro Longwear concealer. I used NYX tinted brow mascara in blonde, MAC fluidline gel eyeliner in blacktrack and NYX Doll Eyes Mascara. I used MAC Creme Cup Lipstick and Charlotte Tilbury lipliner in Pillow Talk. Finally I used NARS Orgasm on my cheeks. I then sprayed on the All Nighter as suggested, in an X and T shape over my face. 

The spray was easy to apply and didn't wet my makeup too much. I felt it gave my face a very dewy look, which I'm not used to as I normally go quite matte. Maybe their De-slick spray would have been better for me



After a full day at work, sweating away in a hot office my face looked like this:


I felt my makeup had mostly stayed in place. My blushed was still on my cheeks and hadn't melted down to my jaw! My eyeliner was still around my eye and not on my eye socket or under my eyelids. Also it hadn't settled into the fine lines around my mouth from where I spend all day chatting which is quite unusual! I still felt more shiny than I was comfortable with, but looking at the before and after pictures it seems I'm just as dewy as when I left the house. 

I decided to push my luck, and wore my full face of makeup to netball! 



Again after netball, impressively my makeup was still fairly intact! A bit had wrinkled up around my nose where I'd scratched it, but otherwise it had faded fairly evenly all over!

Here are the before, after work and after netball photos


Overall, I think it helped my makeup survive some pretty crazy temperatures this week. I think it would have lasted better with a primer and power top-ups too. I found my foundation didn't crease into the lines around my mouth and make them look worse which I was very happy with. It also didn't flake as my skin dried out in the dryer patches which was lovely! My naturally very oily face was probably a big fight for this spray so I think it held up well. I imagine if you have normal or dry skin, this would have worked perfectly to give a lovely dewy texture to skin and maintain makeup. I think this would be perfect for a wedding or night out to keep skin looking fresh and lovely. 

Urban Decay All Nighter is £23.50 for a large bottle which will last a long time!

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17 Jun 2017

Outfit Post: Floral Long Kimono

I love Zara. I think it's probably my favourite shop ever. This month, in an effort to not spend money, I've been trying not to shop. Therefore going on the Zara website was a massive mistake, but I'm so glad I did because I adore this kimono. 



 This is the "long printed kimono" from Zara and cost £59.99. It's a lovely floaty fabric and I was comfortable wearing it on a very warm day this week, but was thick enough to feel lovely quality. I love the cute black piping around it, and the tropical floral print fabric. Zara have got a great range of kimonos at the moment here


I paired it with some khaki cropped trousers from Zara, black t-shirt from New Look and gold flip flops from Long Tall Sally.


In other news, I got my hair did! Normally I have a lovely friend do my hair, but I was starting to feel like I only saw her when I wanted something from her so I decided to go to a salon. I asked to go blonder and get a fringe and I love it! I went to Hair OTT in Whiteley, and met a great hairdresser called Jamie. I love it! As you can tell, the day after having it cut I'm still not sure how to style a proper fringe but I'm getting there. 



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3 Jun 2017

Outfit post: Evening walks

Yesterday evening, Sam and I took an evening stroll through town to the local new micro-brewery. It's been lovely weather recently, and I thought it would be the perfect time to wrap up with my scarfigan (a scarf-cardigan!) which I created by tucking my scarf into my belt! 


Look at my silly face, I'm so pleased with myself. As we were walking I came across this gorgeous tree covered in lilac flowers so I had to stop to pose for some photos with it as my backdrop. 

I am wearing:
My gorgeous new La Mo Designs Afroklectic lace print scarf - this gorgeous silk scarf was sent to me by the lovely Leonora Asomanin from Brentwood, who I met a little while ago when she threw a fashion show in Portsmouth. She recently started this company, selling large, fair trade silk scarves with ethnic prints
ASOS oversized tunic top worn as a dress (similar here)
Long Tall Sally Sash leather slip on sandals (which are on offer right now!). The softest sandals ever 


The scarf is gorgeously soft and silky. It came beautifully packaged (perfect for gifts, but also to keep the scarf in for safe-keeping). Geek me made a gif of the unboxing!  


We walked down to The Fallen Acorn Brewery in Gosport, Hampshire (just across from the Portsmouth/Gosport Ferry). It does locally brewed beers and has tap room nights on Fridays. It was a fun evening, hanging around and chatting. We walked home along the marina front and obviously a little tipsy, I requested more photos! 



Any ideas on how to wear scarves out there? I'm a big pashmina/wrap fan, but have never owned a lovely silk scarf before and have no idea how to wear them (other than tied around your neck like my vision of a 50s air hostess!) Maybe I'll try it around my head!


The brand have lots of other lovely prints - check them out here. They are all £50. Thank you Leonora



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29 May 2017

Summer Dress Edit

Summer dresses are hard to choose from - I look for the perfect balance between pretty and short, but not too short and not too tight. Something which isn't sexy or hard work, but just easy to float around in. I've been looking for a while, so thought I'd share with you my favourite picks for the moment if you're having the same struggle. P.S for a TLDR (too long, didn't read) I'd recommend you head straight to New Look who appear to be smashing it.

Blue tie-front denim midi dress - £24.99 from New Look




Black wild Poppy dress - £30 from Silkfred

Vero Moda Gingham dress - £28 from ASOS


Red wrap-front midi dress - £27.99 from New Look (comes in other colours)


Louche Priam Spotty Dress - £48 from Joy the Store




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20 May 2017

Hollywood Bowl Portsmouth Grand Opening!

On Thursday night I went to the newly refurbished Hollywood Bowl in Gunwarf Quays, Portsmouth with my BFF/housemate Sarah. It used to be Bowlplex for anyone local who remembers awkward first dates there. It was lovely to step out from the pouring rain into a busy evening, with lots of local businesses trying out the newly launched bowling allies.



The event was launched by a Marilyn Monroe look-alike who cut a ribbon to the VIP section. The VIP section was pretty cool - we had curtains around us and the incredible "princess Beth" kept popping in to see if we were ok. She was lovely, and I love they made her name badge say Princess (she's the one next to me in pink)




 So Sarah and I got down to bowling! Turns out I'm pretty poor at it!

Interesting technique Lauren...


Turns out fanning my arms around doesn't make the ball curve and do what I want. Look at me jumping around like a silly 

 

Sarah was much better at bowling and got two strikes! However the more wine she drank, the more I caught up (the pink wine is amazing). I also love that we didn't have to wear bowling shoes - no more stinky second hand shoes. Unless you're wearing stilettos, they are happy for you to wear whatever shoes you like. 

They still have the arcade area with pool tables, although we didn't venture that far. They've also built an American diner with loads of retro food. We tried out lots of it, including popcorn chicken, hot dogs, and the DELICIOUS veggie burgers which were better than the regular ones. 


They also did milkshakes and the oreo ones were just amazing. Here's me trying to pose like Audrey Hepburn in the background. The VIP lanes have Hollywood celebrity themes, and I love that I was paired with Audrey.


Obviously being me, I took the time to pose. I got a sticker for trying, and Sarah got some for being a winner. I'm wearing my favourite new top - this gingham Primark peplum blouse, with my ASOS Ridley jeans 




It was a really fun night! I can't believe I hadn't been bowling in 10 years! I really enjoyed the experience, it was a real laugh. I also remembered that I used to not enjoy it because it wasn't cool to enjoy bowling when I was younger. I'm pretty sure at 16 it wasn't cool to enjoy anything (just like the super-cool T4 presenters who thought everything was lame).

If you're planning a visit, remember under 18s can't go in alone in the late evenings due to the alcohol. The bowling is fairly disability friendly, and I'm told they're trying to find time to create an autism friendly bowling slot.
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