Wednesday, 27 January 2016

FLORAL EMBROIDERED JEANS


In my last outfit post, I showed you guys my Public Desire perspex heel patent boots (aka the greatest boots ever). As promised, I styled them with a more casual outfit so you can see how well they work with a different look.

As far as I’m concerned, these floral embroidered jeans are basically THE jeans of the new season. It seems that others agree too because unfortunately they keep selling out instantly. They’re from Glamorous and the ones I’m wearing are Tall, but they come in various options. Topshop have done some similar, equally amazing floral embroidered jeans but they’re currently sold out online, although I believe some stores have still got them in. I’m 5 ft 8, so I can usually get away with either regular or tall jeans, and at the time I bought these there was only the tall version available. They’re actually a lot longer than I had thought. I’d already planned on wearing them with the hem rolled up as I think they look better that way, but I had to roll them up more than I’d anticipated. They’re a girlfriend style with a high waist and the embroidered pattern on them is just gorgeous.

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Thursday, 21 January 2016

MY FIRST KIKO MAKE UP REVIEW

Kiko Eyeshadow 118 and Smart Lip Pencil 712

Kiko Make Up

In the run up to Christmas, I went to do some shopping for presents at the Trafford Centre and noticed a new store: Kiko Milano. I’ve seen this Italian beauty brand talked about online but I’d never looked into it as none of the products really caught my attention. Their new store at the Trafford Centre, the first here in the North West, was packed with people and I decided to go in and have a nosey. I didn’t have a clue about any of the products or the price point of the brand, and was surprised to see just how affordable their vast range of cosmetics is. Now, I’m someone who likes to do my research before buying a new beauty product; whether it be make up, skin care, hair products or what have you, I like to search for photos and read reviews before spending my money. So, going in to look at make up blindly with no prior knowledge or expectations was something I haven’t done in many years. I had an open mind, left my boyfriend with the bags, and headed in.

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Friday, 15 January 2016

PERSPEX HEEL PATENT BOOTS








Ever since the Dior AW15 ready to wear show, I have been obsessed with Perspex heeled patent boots. Strutting down the runway in a chic rainbow of different colour combinations of lucite heels and vinyl leather was too much for this girl to handle. I wanted them all; both the ankle length and the thigh high styles. As I’m sure many others do, I like to fantasize about what I would buy if money was no object. After much deliberation, I narrowed it down to the utterly beautiful grey patent ankle boots with the pinky coloured heel, total dream boots. Every time I saw them on a celebrity, a fashion blogger, or in a magazine, I would imagine owning a pair of my own. Then, of course, the high street caught on.

The lovely people at Public Desire came along and answered our Dior clad dreams with these strikingly similar boots for only £39.99, a mere fraction of the cost of Dior’s. I couldn’t believe it when I first saw them online. As with Dior, they‘re available in a selection of different colours, and if patent isn’t your thing there are also a couple of suede options too with the same incredible heel. I want them all, but as I’d already established this colour combo as being my favourite at Dior, I had to get these ones. I pre-ordered them as soon as they became available and they finally came just in time for Christmas. I seriously have still not gotten over them. I mean, look at them! When they arrived I just stared at them in awe. I shared a photo on Instagram and it went crazy, it is by far my most liked picture I’ve ever posted. They’re the best Dior dupes I have seen and I honestly couldn’t be happier with them, definitely helping me get over the January Blues so many of us suffer from. I love a statement boot, and these are the sexiest I have ever owned, but completely modern. Patent boots were a trend all AW, but the contrasting Perspex heel on these makes them fresh for the new season. With their transparent pretty pink heel, they almost feel like stylish Barbie shoes, very plastic fantastic in the best possible way. I get asked a lot how the sizing is and whether or not they’re comfortable. Firstly, they run on the small side and are quite a snug fit, but they are certainly comfortable.

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Saturday, 9 January 2016

SNAKEY BOOTS AND MARABOU FEATHER BAG


This black dress, feather bag and these snakey boots have fast become favourites for me. I’m in love with them all and think they work really well styled together. I feel like it’s a super sixties looking outfit which just makes me love it even more. I had bought this mini dress from Zara before Christmas so I had a new dress to wear. As soon as I saw it hanging so beautifully right at the entrance of the store I knew it would be the dress I’d end up leaving with. I actually wore it both on Christmas Eve and again on New Year’s Eve as it’s become my new favourite dress. It’s exactly my kind of silhouette with its mini length, long sleeves and a high ruffled neckline. Its high waist makes it a flattering fit, and because it’s black I know it’s going to be a classic in my wardrobe that I can style with anything. In addition to the ruffled neckline it also has pretty ruffles down the front bib of the dress which help keep it from being too basic or plain. I tried desperately to capture the ruffles with my camera, but I was using a tripod and no matter what I did and I just couldn’t get them to photograph well enough. Typically, it went on sale a week after I bought it. It was totally worth the full price of £39.99 though, and I know it’s going to get a lot of wear in 2016.

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Wednesday, 6 January 2016

URBAN DECAY GWEN STEFANI EYESHADOW PALETTE


Happy New Year! This is the first post of the year and it comes with a brand new blog name and domain. I have several New Year’s resolutions this year, and improving and growing my blog is very high up on the list so I felt it was time to start fresh with a new name.

This beautiful eyeshadow palette is the limited edition Urban Decay Gwen Stefani palette. I had wanted this as soon as the promo images were released and was lucky enough to get it for Christmas. My very kind and very sweet boyfriend got it for me, and I was good enough to resist the temptation to open it up and have a peak despite knowing exactly where it was in the cupboard for a whole month. Yay me! I have long been a big fan of Urban Decay eyeshadows and have owned many palettes from them over the years. I’ve never been disappointed in their palettes and I doubt I ever will be. When you throw Gwen Stefani into the mix, one of the coolest people ever and whose make up is always flawlessly on point; I knew it was going to be a winner. What especially appealed to me is the large number of neutrals which is what I typically use for my everyday make up. There are a few colours too which are always nice to have in a palette. And there’s a great mix of different formulas; shimmers and frosts which I usually use on the lid, and some neutral matte shades that are perfect for in the crease. Plus I have to say the packaging is gorgeous, it’s a stylish gold, white and black case. I’ve used most of the shadows already and created some super pretty looks with them. There are a couple of shades that aren’t as great as the others, but overall I’m in love with this palette.

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