Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Floral jacket

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Jacket - Primark
Jeans - Topshop
Tee - Topshop
Belt - H&M
Shoes - New Look

Just a little outfit from the recent Bank Holiday weekend which was spent enjoying the bright sunny weather, spending time with our families and avoiding the temptation to reach for that second bag of mini eggs of the day! On Monday we spent the afternoon Easter egg hunting and playing garden games with the children and I decided to wear my favourite floral jacket for the occasion. I picked this up last Summer actually and it is the perfect transitional piece to sling over a summer dress or pair with jeans to give an outfit an injection of colour. Here's hoping Primark brings out a similar option again this season, fingers crossed!

I hope you all had a lovely, chocolate-filled weekend. :)

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Palette

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What on my lips? MAC Snapdragon lipstick!

Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette*, £37
available from Debenhams

When it comes to these cult eyeshadow palettes from Urban Decay I think I may have done it all the wrong way round. I bypassed the original palette, was a little bit tempted by the Naked 2 offering but didn't commit until the pretty Naked 3 palette was released. After purchasing the third release from this trilogy of neutral shadows and having used it almost every day since, I felt I needed to investigate its predecessors and Naked 2 was swiftly added to my collection.

The Naked 2 palette from Urban Decay offers a dozen pigment-rich eyeshadows ranging from taupes, beiges and golds to some dirtied-purples, greys and a strong black shade. It is an eclectic mix of neutrals with various finishes and intensities which certainly makes a neutral eyeshadow look anything but boring! The range of matte and sparkly shades means it is perfect for an understated day time look or a more shimmery, dramatic look for a night out on the town. My favourite shades for a quick everyday look lurk in the first half of the palette as you have everything you need to highlight and define with a mixture of high-shimmer and matte shadows with their trademark velvety texture and strong pigmentation I have grown to know and love from Urban Decay. For the above look I used  "Booty Call" all over my lids, in the corners of my eyes and along the brow bone to highlight and add a touch of luminosity. I then took "Chopper" and placed this in the inner half of my eyelid and then blended "Tease" into the outer half. I then finished with a touch of "Busted" in my crease and along my lower lash line. I love the versatility of the Naked 2 palette and it is perfect if you aren't such a fan of the rose-gold and warmer pink shades that the Naked 3 palette has to offer.

Which is your favourite Urban Decay Naked palette?

Friday, 18 April 2014

Brighton rocks

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Kimono | H&M
Lace top | Primark
MOM jeans | Topshop
Boots | H&M
Sunglasses | Topshop
Bag | LV Speedy 35

Just a little outfit post from my day out in Brighton today. Rob and I drove down to the coast to spend the day rummaging for trinkets in The Lanes, eating stacks of pancakes at Bill's and generally enjoying the sea breeze and rows of pastel-coloured houses along the seafront. I wore my MOM jeans from Topshop which have been my failsafe trouser option ever since I got them last year and slung on my kimono (from a while ago) and my ever so comfy boots also from H&M, to set me up for a day of strolling and sight-seeing. It was a jolly good way to spend our Bank Holiday and I cannot recommend a trip down to Brighton enough if you are after some unique fashion and homeware shops and some glorious vegetarian eateries - Terre a Terre is the best!

I hope you have all had a lovely Bank Holiday and are looking forward to an eggs-cellent Easter... (sorry, couldn't resist!)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara

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Bourjois 1 seconde volume mascara, £9.99
available from mid May 2014

Next month Bourjois have an exciting new launch that promises to give your lashes impeccable volume from all angles and get them ready to flutter with up to 16 hours hold. The new 1 seconde volume mascara, available in intense black and intense black waterproof, boasts a smart new brush inspired by professional round hairbrushes to comb through each lash and create instant volume. The clever brush has alternate straight bristles and small wraparound spheres that envelopes the whole lash to coat and define without causing any clumping and giving you a super-glamorous flutter.

I firstly love the packaging of these new mascaras from Bourjois with the striking shiny chrome tube with the sorbet-coloured branding keeping it sweet and elegant - an image that Bourjois delivers so well with their beauty products. The formula is rich and intense and the brush really grabs each lash and coats them from root to tip. After one coat it gave me lovely length and separation for quite a subtle, light look but after a few more coats the volume can be built up giving you an intense, false lash effect, clump-free and easily removed also! Definitely a good little mascara to check out if you are after a new addition to your makeup bag with a purse-friendly price point to boot!

Will you be trying the 1 seconde volume mascara when it is released next month?

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine lipsticks

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14. Magenta be Rouge | 15.  Fuchsia Flirt | 18. Sunset Romance

The Body Shop Colour Crush Shine lipsticks, £10
available online and in stores

Hot pinks, bright corals and pops of magenta on the lips is the order of the day this Summer and with the arrival of these three new Colour Crush Shine shades from The Body Shop, brightening up your makeup has never been easier. These new lipsticks have a waxy, sheer texture that glides on beautifully and gives your lips a surprisingly intense and vibrant colour payoff with a glossy-shine finish. The formula is packed full of luscious cherry-seed oil and Fair Trade marula oil which helps condition the lips whilst keeping the pretty finish fresh and lustrous throughout the day.

The formula of these rose-scented lipsticks remind me slightly of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable lip stains and the Bourjois Colour Boost lip crayons yet give you slightly more pigmentation and are a little easier to apply. I really love these new additions and think there is definitely a shade to suit everyone this Summer. My personal favourite? Definitely the peachy-prettiness of Sunset Romance. Which is yours?

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Mellow Yellow

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Jumper - Topshop
Floral skirt - Topshop
 Boots - Primark
Bag - Louis Vuitton Speedy 35

Today Rob and I went up to watch the London Marathon to support a few friends and cheer on the thousand of other runners all valiantly completing the 26.2 miles and inspiring many others along the way. I am fortunate enough to have run the London Marathon before and it really is the most amazing thing I have ever experienced and watching the masses filter down the Embankment towards the finish today really made me want to run it all again. So tomorrow morning I will be signing up one more time for a place in 2015 (fingers crossed!) I wore my new floral skirt from Topshop which works perfectly with tights on breezy days like today but will be great with bare legs and heels for hazy Summer evenings too. This cropped sherbet-lemon jumper has been a favourite of mine ever since I got it a few weeks ago - ideal for adding a pop of colour to any outfit and looking super cute with high-waisted jeans and skirts. I think they also had it in baby blue and pink so I might have to add a few other shades to my wardrobe...

I hope you have all had lovely Sundays and congratulations to anyone who ran or knew someone who was running in the London Marathon today!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

MAC haul - A Fantasy of Flowers

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Lipsticks in Sunny Seoul (not from the Fantasy of Flowers collection) Snapdragon and Fleur D'Coral
Mineralise Skinfinish in Stereo Rose and Azalea in the Afternoon Mineralise Blush
Pink Sensibilities Mineralise Eye Shadow Quad

In my early days of blogging I had a serious MAC Cosmetics obsession and as far as their lipsticks are concerned, I still have! But I remember I use to covet every single new launch and collection that graced the MAC website and would feel the need to own every new MSF or blusher and I was at their mercy when it came to limited edition packaging! Things have definitely changed over the years but every now and then out comes a new collection which makes me weak at the knees and compels me to venture in store to take a closer look. I don't know if it was the soft petal hues or shimmery finishes but MAC's A Fantasy of Flowers limited edition collection meant that a harmless perusal in the Spitalfields store last week swiftly led to a few new purchases.

The new lipsticks capture all the prettiness and lightness of Spring with their sugary-sweet shades and lustre finish on the lips and are completely gorgeous paired with bronzed skin and shimmery eyelids. The two new cheek products I picked up were completely unnecessary but when I saw the much sought-after Stereo Rose MSF, which has been re-promoted, sitting pretty in store I couldn't leave without it. Stereo Rose is coppery coral-bronze blush with gold veins running through it which gives your cheeks a beautiful warm flush and shimmery glow. Azalea in the Afternoon mineralise blush is a mid-tone cool pink powder with a frosty finish so highlights and colours your cheeks in one loving sweep of your blush brush. Finally I wanted to try one of MAC's mineralise eye shadow quads for the first time so picked up Pink Sensibilities which looked like my perfect combination of colours to highlight and define my eyes. The frosty pinks are perfect for highlighting and adding a touch of shimmer to your brow bone and inner corner and the two shades of brown, one pinky-brown, one chocolate brown) work really nicely together to colour and define the crease. The pigmentation of these shadows is really good despite rumours that they would be a little powdery and it is definitely a product I will get lots of use out of over the coming months.

Have you splurged on anything from the new A Fantasy of Flowers collection? Are there any particular products you would like to see a review of?

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