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29 Sep 2014

Video: Makeup for Feeling Poorly!

I have been feeling super ill all week, but inspired by my friends at Uni, I thought I would do a video on how I do my makeup to cover up my gross face! Apologies for the before photos!

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27 Sep 2014

Transitional Dressing Issues!

This time of year gets so awkward when it comes to dressing. I'll find myself freezing in the morning and boiling hot in the afternoon, not knowing what to do with myself! I've found the key to surviving the Autumn/Winter transition is lots of layering! However, layering with basics can be boring, so I have trawled super-cute store Joules to find some alternatives to boring transitional basics.

Tip 1: Always carry a scarf
A thin scarf or wrap can make a huge difference so I carry mine in my handbag all day. The aircon on the train during your commute too cold? Put it over your legs like an old lady! Fancy a snooze in the office? Wrap it around your face and use it to hide! This Jubilee one is gorgeous and has tiny little foxes hidden within the print!

Tip 2 - Tunics are your friends
Tunics were invented for layering! I have been known to wear a vest and a thin jumper under a tunic with a cardigan over the top and skinny jeans! The amount of warmth you can trap underneath is amazing. But when the weather changes and gets warmer, it's easy to nip to the loo, remove all the under layers and come out in a pretty summery dress! I adore the colours and print on this Dark Topaz Floral one, which is great for day-to-night transitions

The same rule applies to jumper dresses and I love this structured one which is more flattering to curvy figures than a regular jumper dress

Tip 3 - Embrace jumpers (especially silly ones)

This is a personal favourite of mine. Always have a jumper to hand to layer up with, especially if it is silly or starts a conversation! I have a Joules dog jumper already which is so thick and snuggly, but this is the new season design and I love it! The design modelled here by Beckydazzler is my one!

But I think Joules should make some with Miniature Pinschers on like my Teddy

Tip 4 - Blouses make transitional workwear easier

A floppy blouse is so easy to style up for this season. I like to wear them loose over skinny jeans with vest tops underneath; or tucked into a thick, high-waisted skirt. Sometimes I even wear tights under jeans with a baggy top over to cover the two waist lines (I am a very cold soul!). This one with birdies on makes a nice change from the basics

Tip 5 - wear some fun jewellery

So this does nothing to keep you warm, but look! A sheep bracelet with fence!

Tip 6 - a jacket is important
All our mums have told us that a jacket is really important, and as I get older I realise mums are right. Tweed will be big soon, and I love the herringbone detail on the lovely ladies tweed jackets in Joules. Plus the cut is super-vintage and feminine. Cute!

What are your transitional dressing tips?

This is a sponsored post, but aren't these items really cute?!


26 Sep 2014

Review: Benefit They're Real Mascara

When I needed a new mascara recently, I went out with my best friend Becky to find one and she convinced me that being an adult, it was worth spending more than £10 on a mascara. We mooched around the counters in Boots and I was drawn in by the hype of Benefit "They're Real" mascara. The girls were really good and applied some on my eyelashes so I could see the effect, and I was sold!

The mascara comes in a large tube, with a plastic bristle wand (which I like). The wand has small spikes on the end in a ball shape to catch the little lashes.

So on to the important part, what is the effect? Here's my before and after

 This is the effect after 2 coats and as you can see it gives a really dramatic impact but doesn't have that lumpy look a lot of lengthening mascaras have. The Benefit lady tells me this is because it doesn't have the traditional fibres to build longer lashes, but does it some mysterious other way. Here's how it shapes up compared to my old favourite, L'Oreal False Lash Effect

I wanted to say I preferred the cheaper option (L'Oreal) but in reality, the Benefit mascara gives thicker, blacker lashes for a bigger impact. Does it live up to the hype? Absolutely. My only complaint is that it's super hard to get off! Often unless I have really scrubbed my eye makeup off, I find my lashes are still a little crisp the next day when I try to re-apply. Benefit sell their own eye makeup remover for the They're Real range which I didn't purchase, but it may be worth considering if you like squeaky clean eyelashes every night.

 It costs £17.55 from Boots

24 Sep 2014

Garnier Ultimate Blends and Meeting The Saturdays

On Monday 22nd, I was invited down to Bournemouth's BIC to see the Saturdays and get an experience of the new Garnier Ultimate Blends range which they are the spokes models for. We arrived early and were whisked away to our own Garnier pampering room. 

The range caters for 6 specific hair types and each member of the band has their own specific line. Rochelle uses The Sleek Restorer for dry/frizzy hair, Una likes The Colour Illuminator for coloured hair to keep her red shade fresh,  Vanessa endorses The Nourishing Repairer for very dry/damaged hair, Molly uses The Silky Smoother range to prevent split ends and Frankie uses The Shine Revitaliser for normal hair. They also have The Marvelous Transformer for dry, dull hair (as if any of The Saturdays would ever have dull hair!). The diagnosis given to my hair was I needed The Silky Smoother range for long hair with split ends - spot on! This range comes with a polishing scrub which exfoliates hair to get rid of the appearance of split ends!  

At the event, the Garnier team did our hair for us. I requested a vintage-inspired big hair but with a modern twist and let the lovely stylist get on with it (I'm so sorry, I forgot your name!). She delivered this amazing swept, volumous hair using back combing, and The Sleek Restorer Oil for finishing the ends. There is an oil in a couple of the ranges for different hair types.

Here I am wearing ASOS Tall cropped trousers - £22, TFNC lace crop top - £28, with ASOS bandeau underneath - £5, tReds Iris Cranberry heels - £26.99 and MAC lipstick in Girl About Town

I also brought along Emily who was the VIP ticket giveaway winner. She also had her hair transformed into a volumous curly style

Strangely, we managed to wear almost the same outfit! It was not intentional but we ended up looking almost like sisters!

We were then surprised with signed bags from The Saturdays

And then the girls came in to meet us! They were really lovely, ever so petite (I'm 5'10") and just absolutely beautiful. They said Emily smelt amazing and had great boobs! As you can see I actually touched Vanessa and Molly!!! I managed to hold it together thought and acted totally cool, whilst inside I was going "OH MY GOD THE SATURDAYS KNOW I EXIST!". I am SO cool right? Plus, look at their beautiful hair! Molly is my hair icon

After our experience, we settled down to watch their show which was brilliant! I didn't realise how much The Saturdays had played a part in almost all my nights out and most of my car singing until I was dancing along and knew every song!

Thank you so much to Garnier Ultimate Backstage for sending us and thank you to The Saturdays for such a great night out!


23 Sep 2014

Review: Benefit Cha Cha Tint

For ages I've been featuring Benefit's Cha Cha Tint in my outfit posts, but I realised I hadn't reviewed it so thought I better had! 

Cha Cha Tint is one of their famous stains and is a beautiful coral colour which is perfect for summer and tans. It's smudge proof and kiss proof so lasts ages as a beautiful cheek and lip colour. I've been using it as my go-to every day with a thinner layer in the day and building it up for a brighter coral in the evenings like in my birthday blog post 

The stain is really bright when you apply a stripe...

But it is really easily blended and can be faded to a beautiful coral colour

And here's how it looks on my cheeks and lips. 

This is one stripe of Cha Cha Tint on my cheeks, quickly rubbed in, and a thicker layer on my lips.

Cha Cha Tint costs £24.50 from ASOS and lasts for ages. A brilliant investment I think, one of my all-time favourite products.

18 Sep 2014

Outfit Post: Accessorising an LBD

At the weekend I had a family birthday which I had to dress up a little for! I decided to go for the classic LBD (Little Black Dress)

I am wearing a midi-skater dress from ASOS - £25 and black New Look pumps - £12.99. To make it more interesting I've accessorised with jade green statement jewellery from House of Fraser. These earrings are Mikey Oval Stone earrings and cost £12 and this Ziba ring which is really wow!

I finished it off with a coral lip stain - This is Collection's Pout Lipstain in Flirt which is a dupe for Benefit's ChaCha Tint. I also had coral nails thanks to Jessica's Geleration in Strawberry Daiquiri. Plus I finally had my roots done! Hooray!

We had a lovely lunch out and I "recreated" these pictures of my godfather's from the war with the help of my brother. I had them framed for him

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