Sunday, 29 April 2018

THE ULTIMATE CASUAL DRESS GUIDE FOR BRITISH WEATHER

KENDALL BLACK SHORT T SHIRT DRESS
As most of you know I live in England and usually I'm running at least ten minutes late for most obligations, for that reason my style is very minimalist. I tend to always gravitate towards dresses that will pair well with ankle boots or trainers and tights or no tights in the summer. It is that easy, if you're someone who likes a more casual approach some days here are some great dresses that can look great just worn alone with a cool pair of shoes and even better with some extra effort. Don't forget to comment below your favourite pieces. First is this really simple slouchy fit Kendall T-shirt dress (£21) with a pocket over the left breast. I love to wear this on train journeys because it is so comfy and not too tight but also just the right amount of loose to look slouchy and not shapeless. I particularly like the short sleeves, allowing most of my arms to get some sunlight and a nice tan whilst providing coverage for my upper arms which is an area of my body I like to cover.

BLUE WOVEN BARDOT DRESS
This Blue Woven Stripe Tassel Belt Bardot Dress (£18) is such a summery dress and the different shades of blue just shout Grecian vacation to me, the colours are loud enough that the dress doesn't require any extra accessories. I would personally pair it with my favourite metallic silver footbed sandals that are the comfiest shoes in the world, but you could pair it with nude heels, converse or your favourite sandals as well. The exposed shoulder allows you to douse yourself with your favourite highlight as well, win win.

KIM HEATHER BLACK DISTRESSED SWEATER DRESS
Another of my favourite black pieces, can you tell I really like to wear black? Is the Kim Heather Black Distressed Sweater Dress (£30). I never thought I could be someone that would casually wear an intentionally ripped dress but I love the style. The medium size is quite oversized on me so I would recommend if you are a size 8-12 to get the small. I personally like the longer length and looser fit and it looks really great with sheer tights and opaque boots and I will definitely style it with patterned tights if I want to add some detail to my look for the evenings. For summer, I actually think this dress would look really cool with a statement boot, there are so many great colourful boots on the high street right now. 

MIRACLE WINE LACE UP SWEATER
This Miracle Wine Lace Up Sweater (£33) screams autumn to me, technically we are still in April and as such April showers are a very real thing and this is the perfect sweater to help you feel cosy when it feels nothing like summer and barely even spring. This also comes in a variety of shades and I highly recommend the grey option, the lace up design on the shoulders is such a cool element of this piece and I get complimented on it a lot. I wear it as a dress, but you could wear it as a sweater as well. As a dress it is quite short so I do tend to pair it with tights and a pair of high heeled boots. 

V NECK POLKA DOT DRESS
This V Neck Polka Dot Black Dress (£20) is ridiculously cute from the spotted design to the adorable little tie sleeves. Again in summer, I like my arms to tan but I am quite insecure about the top of my arms so like to keep them covered as much as possible. For this reason, I love short sleeved dresses like this, especially if they come in black and a cute little print. This would look good in so many different ways and would be suitable attire all year round I think. I can imagine wearing it with white trainers in the summer and some oversized sunglasses or layered with a chunky cable knit sweater, thick tights and heeled ankle boots in winter. 

RED STRIPED RIPPED BODYCON DRESS
I love the style of this Ribbed Bodycon Dress (£15). Normally for casual every day wear I like a loose fit and I tend to steer away from bodycon styles completely. It just makes me really self conscious, but the horizontal stripes are actually quite slimming and I think this red striped dress would look great as a layering piece peeking under a black coat and paired simply with some old trainers in the summer. It just looks very effortless but still fun and colourful, which is needed as I am someone who is constantly drawn to black clothes as they require little thinking on my part.

Thank you so much for reading this little haul and very casual style piece, I would love to know what your approach is to style. For me, in the summer especially when it gets really hot on those rare days I want to be as comfortable and cool as possible. Leave a comment below and have a great week next week. This post was done in collaboration with Shop Tobi. Check back on Wednesday for my next post, thank you for reading. Take care. 

What is your go-to outfit in the summer?

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Friday, 27 April 2018

LAURA LEE LOS ANGELES NUDIE PATOOTIE EYESHADOW PALETTE AND LIQUID LIPSTICKS PHOTOS & SWATCHES


As promised, we are here today to discuss another launch occurring on the 24th April 2018, which is in just two days, specifically 2pm PST time and that means 10pm UK time if I understand the laws of time correctly. This launch is Laura Lee's second eyeshadow palette: Nudie Patootie ($45/£35). The first palette she came out with called Cat's Pyjamas was highly controversial and was met with a lot of criticism. In her video announcing her latest products Laura appears very proud and more confident, it is nice to see she is taking feedback on board. This post is full of swatches not only of her eyeshadow palette, but also her three liquid lipsticks and two retractable eyeliners that will be launching later on in May, the date is not yet announced. Continue reading for my thoughts on these products and where you can find them. 


Nudie Patootie Palette: This is a 14 eyeshadow pan palette, unlike Cat's Pyjamas which had just 10 pans in comparison. This palette is marketed as a neutral palette, when I think neutral I think browns, beige, golds, greys. Very every day soft colours. This palette on the other hand pulls very pinky purple it makes me think of the Naked 3 palette, barely, but also the Back Talk palette more recently released by Urban Decay. The addition of the StreakingStrip and Undressed almost seem out of place when these are the only shades I would consider at home in a nude palette. The mattes in general, the name of the palette aside, are all great colours, I do wish Bare was not in there. The foiled and shimmer shades are pretty too. In general it is a pretty palette but it's not a must have. I much prefer Soft Glam by Anastasia Beverly Hills as a neutral palette and here's why.

I don't think this palette is that friendly to people with deeper skin tones, you're going to need a base and a lot of patience to build these softer pinkish shades on tan to deep skin in my experience. Of course, it is a neutral palette so intense colour payoff might not be a dealbreaker for some people, for me, however, it absolutely is. I think for fair to medium skin tones it would be a lovely palette and even for those with deep skin  you can absolutely make this work with an eye base, but in general it just doesn't look like a nude palette to me. Moreover, the rose gold packaging, although nice, makes the shadows pull more pinky rose-ish than they are in the pans. It is a pretty girly palette but I am not inclined to buy it, truth be told. 


Liquid Lipsticks: As for the liquid lipsticks which are being sold for $14 a piece, most of you know I am not a fan of liquid lipsticks in general. Nakey Nakey is a pale beige nude. Topless is a deeper pinkish nude that wold look great on medium skin tones in particular. Finally, Jaybird is a more brownish nude, which is probably my favourite type of nude. Laura describes her liquid lipsticks as not drying at all, she wanted a very comfortable formula that still had opacity on the lips. All in all, they are very pretty nudes. Are they anything new? No. I also don't know if you can tell from the photos but to me they don't dry down perfectly matte, pretty sure she mentions that in her video. For her comfort was the most important thing, so if you are looking for a matte long-lasting lip colour there is nothing to see here. 


Last and probably least are these two new eyeliners. One is called Jet Black which is predictably a true black matte liner and one is Nude, I am not sure if the nude pencil is called nude so don't quote me on that but the shade is nude i.e. flesh coloured. If you are going to own two eyeliners you'd want them to be black and flesh toned. Again, every brand in the world, more or less, has a black and nude eyeliner. I believe these retail for $14 as well, but unlike the eyeshadow palette the liquid lipsticks and eyeliners come out later on in May.


Thank you so much for reading, it was my understanding that the palette would release on Beauty Bay the same time as it released on the Laura Lee Los Angeles website, but that doesn't seem to be the case. I postponed publishing while awaiting news for when the palette would reach the UK, and I believe it will be coming in May. I will update when more news becomes available. I hope you are having a great week so far, check back in on Sunday and don't forget to leave me a comment with your thoughts on Laura's new products, I would love to hear all your opinions. Take care,

What are your thoughts on these new products?

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Friday, 20 April 2018

FIRST LOOK | KOURT K X KYLIE COLLECTION 3 EYESHADOW PALETTES AND VELVET LIQUID LIPSTICKS PHOTOS AND ALL SWATCHES

Kourt K x Kylie Cosmetics Collaboration Eyeshadow Palettes and Liquid Lipsticks
Kylie recently announced a Kourt x Kylie Cosmetics collaboration. Kourtney Kardashian is Kylie's oldest sister and to my knowledge the last of her Kardashian sisters to collaborate with her hugely successful but also controversial cosmetics line. I do foresee a Kendall Jenner collaboration in the near future. In this collection there are three pressed shadow palettes, all quads (four shades in each) and three velvet liquid lipsticks. The new products are available to purchase 3pm PST on 24th April 2018 which is 11pm UK time if you are interested in picking up these products.

Kourt K x Kylie Cosmetics Blue Pressed Eyeshadow Palette Photos and Swatches. Screenshot via @exteriorglam
All the palettes are encased in holographic boxes. The first quad to be discussed is the blue pressed eyeshadow palette. The four shadows in this palette are: 1944 (a true metallic gold, very Studio 54 vibes), In the Reign (a more subdued softer champagne gold), Calabassas (a matte orangey brown) and Bible (deep plum matte). I like all the colours in this palette, I wish Calabassas was less orange, but overall I would use all of these shades and can envision a few looks with just these shades.

Kourt K x Kylie Cosmetics Pink Eyshadow Palette
Kourt K x Kylie Cosmetics Pink Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Photos
The pink pressed eyeshadow palette consists of  Diamond (a metallic taupe silver shade), Poosh (a more silver metallic), Gluten Free (a beautiful metallic pale gold) and The Queen (a sorbet orange matte). This is my least favourite palette of the three possibly due to the lack of matte shadows and the one matte is not a shade I like at all. The metallic shimmers are all pretty and great shades but as a palette it just doesn't wow me.

Kourt K x Kylie Cosmetics Green Eyeshadow Palette

Kourt K x Kylie Cosmetics Green Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Photos
The green pressed eyeshadow palette is the last of the palettes and the shadows in this one are Slob Kabob (soft purple grey matte), Heartless (metallic pure silver), Ma$e (a rich matte red, it looks like the eyeshadow version of MAC's Ruby Woo) and finally Matcha (a metallic forest green). This screams Christmas to me, only Slob Kabob looks completely out of place here, I would have liked a more neutral matte, not something as cool toned as that purple grey shade. I would have loved something unexpected to keep with the vibrancy of this palette like a shocking yellow but I can understand why a softer shade would be more helpful when using the palette.

Kourt K x Kylie Cosmetics Collaboration Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks French Kiss Minnie and Rad

Kourt K x Kylie Cosmetics Collection Velvet Matte Liquid Lipsticks French Kiss Minnie and Rad Photos and Swatches
Finally, the three liquid lipsticks are called French Kiss (a soft light creamy pinkish nude), Minnie (a very wearable darkish pink, that looks coral in the sunlight as far as I can tell) and Rad (bright matte warm red). As you can probably guess I barely ever wear liquid lipsticks and if I do it would be a darkish brown shade. I think these are great summer lip shades and would suit most people, especially those with a warm skin tone. 

Kourt K x Kylie Cosmetics Kylie Jenner Selfie Swatches Velvet Matte Lipsticks French Kiss Minnie and Rad Photos
Congratulations! You made it to the end. It took a while to get through three quads and three liquid lipsticks. I don't post about all of Kylie's releases but for some reason you guys really seem to like these posts so I keep posting them when the collections aren't too overwhelming, for instance I skipped right over the Weather Collection. If you have any requests for posts please post them below, I have a tonne of reviews I need to post but I also have a few launches I want to cover as I love hearing your opinions on new releases, so stay tuned. Please leave me a comment with thoughts on these palettes and liquid lipsticks. Overall, I won't be buying anything, as you know, customs are a killer, not to mention the additional shipping cost. Furthermore, quads are not something I would splurge on as far as eyeshadow palettes go, although the majority of the colours are pretty and appealing and the colour payoff looks great, I couldn't justify the money at all. Thank you so much for reading. We had some really bad shit happen last week so this is keeping me sane. Take care.

Do you like any of the Kourt K x Kylie palettes and lipsticks?

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Saturday, 14 April 2018

REVIEW & SWATCHES | THE BODY SHOP SKIN DEFENCE MULTI-PROTECTION ESSENCE SPF50


The Body Shop Skin Defence Multi-Protection Essence (£17/£21) was everywhere when it came out a few years ago, and as always I am significantly late to the party. This SPF 50 essence is designed to be used under foundation and after normal moisturiser, specifically for protection against the environment and harmful sun rays. It contains broad spectrum UV filters, red algae and Vitamin C, so actually does more than just protect the skin but also acts to brighten it. I used it throughout my recent holiday to Mykonos and for almost a month since then and here is my verdict. 


What It Is: SPF 50 PA++++ sunscreen 

What It Does: Protect against multiple aggressors including UVA and UVB rays whilst reducing dullness through red algae and Vitamin C. 

What I Liked: It is a very light, non-greasy formula that sits well under makeup or alone on the skin. It doesn't leave a white cast, which is always a worry, and is the complete opposite to the thick sunscreens that I am used to which clog my pores and are generally quite slippery in texture. Wildly impressed by this sunscreen, for makeup wearers and for those with oily skin I think this is a winner.


What I Didn't: I know in the past it was £16 for the 40ml bottle so although trivial I do think it is more expensive than it needs to be. Secondly, the consistency is quite thin, which I do like, but it does mean you run the risk of pouring out more than you need a lot of the time which results in wasted product. 


All in all though this is one of the best sunscreens I have tried, if not the best, it is so easy to use and barely noticeable. This is the only sunscreen I could imagine incorporating into my daily routine outside of vacations which is a great plus point as we all know the importance of daily sun protection. I am happy I gave this product a shot and would definitely consider it a product I would repurchase, next time I would go for the larger £21 60ml tube. Thank you for reading, don't forget to leave me a comment below, I know there are many skincare connoisseurs among you! Take care.

What is your favourite SPF moisturiser?

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Thursday, 12 April 2018

FENTY BEAUTY BODY LAVA & FAIRY BOMB GLITTERING POM POM

Fenty Beauty Body Lava in Who Needs Clothes and Brown Sugar and Fairy Bomb. Photo by @trendmood1
The latest releases from Fenty Beauty include their Body Lava Body Luminisers ($50/£46) and the Fairy Bomb Glittering Pom Pom ($42/£34). Available on Sephora and Harvey Nichols in the UK. I am surprised they are available in the UK already as I expected them to have a later launch date, but they are available on the UK website as of right now. The Body Lava Luminisers come in two shades: Who Needs Clothes (radiant rose gold) and Brown Sugar (lustrous bronze). They are both gel-based body luminisers that are dewy to the touch and have a floral vanilla scent which I am all about, please release a fragrance Fenty, thank you! They are described as having a glistening finish with light diffusing micro-pearls and come in a generously sized bottle (3oz). I have to say the packaging is exquisite, the bottles are gorgeous and look incredible displayed.

Fenty Beauty Body Lava in Who Needs Clothes and Brown Sugar and Kabuki Brush
#BODYLAVA: As for what shade you should purchase, either or seem to work for any skin tones it just depends on what finish you want. Who Needs Clothes is a lot more reflective on darker skin tones whereas Brown Sugar blends a little more on deeper skin, but on fairer skin does make the skin look more tan. Both are workable for all skin types, which is really cool. Over all, this is a straight pass for me. Despite the beauty of the product. The finish is underwhelming, mostly just making the skin look slightly sweaty. I think it would look gorgeous in photos but for me I would want to wear a product like this on holiday. A bottle that size is impossible to travel with and I would hate to have to  pour some out in little travel size bottles. If they release a travel size version it would be more appealing to me, in general I prefer liquid highlights for the body or just intense moisturisers like the Nivea Essentially Enriched Body Lotion. It's acknowledged that it is "dewy to the touch" but this translates as being tacky on the skin again not conducive to a holiday but as a photoshoot product quite cool. There are a million and one dry oils you can you use on the skin and body I would opt for those, or just your standard pressed highlight powder.

Fenty Beauty Fairy Bomb Glittering Pom Pom
#FAIRYBOMB: This is something I could imagine buying for a really girly girl, maybe around eight years old, who is into princesses and fairy dust from Claires Accessories. The packaging and actual product is obviously more luxe than anything Claires offers but still I am not really sure why there is hype around this product. It sounds like the messiest of messes to me and any loose powder highlight or even just straight up eyeshadow pigments would give you a better effect. I think it is innovative and I have not seen a product like this but practically not my cup of tea. I think it is very much a product that only has merit for its coolness. It would certainly transfer, but most importantly you would never know how much you have left. I would love to hear what you think of it down below. Sadly, none of these new releases seem anywhere near worth the money to me.

Fenty Beauty Body Lava Body Luminisers in Who Needs Clothes and Brown Sugar Swatches
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and I would love to know what you think of these products. Have you tried them, do you love them, will you buy them? For me, they are just not products I would get much use out of but I can understand the appeal. The Body Lavas are definitely more attractive to me than the Fairy Bomb Glittering Pom Pom, and the finish is pretty just not earth-shattering, not £46 worth. But that is just my opinion. The packaging though 10/10. I have loads of posts written for new releases but also a million and ten things I want to review so please bear with me while I try and catch up on the six months of blogging I have missed. Take care.

How do you feel about these new products?

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Thursday, 5 April 2018

QUICK LOOK| KKW BEAUTY X MAKEUP BY MARIO EYESHADOW PALETTE PROS CONS & SWATCHES

KKWBeauty x MakeupByMario Eyeshadow Palette Swatches and Comparison to Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Palette. Photo by @amrezy
Everyone and their mother has shared their thoughts on the new KKW Beauty x Mario palette ($45), despite it not being released yet. If you haven't heard the good news this highly circulated palette is launching today, April 5th, also the tenth anniversary of Kim and Mario's first meeting. I love that the launch date holds a special meaning and I have spent the past few day dedicated to watching review videos, and dear lord there are many. Not going to go too in depth today because there are so many reviews already out there by people who have used the palette firsthand. This post is just to share swatches and my thoughts, I have been asked about how the palette compares to Kylie's eyeshadow palettes, specifically the Royal Peach Palette. I want to reiterate that I haven't bought or even tried Kylie's or Kim's makeup, mostly because of the custom fees and my current ridiculous amount of makeup that I hardly ever touch. Seriously, it's a real problem. My sister had her bridal trial the other day and I was devastated to realise I own almost everything she used on her and yet I hardly use them, but hey props to me for buying good shit

KKWBeautyxMario Eyeshadow Palette Swatches Review First Impressions
Onto the palette, there are ten eyeshadows and all the names have a special meaning to Kim and Mario, her makeup artist. For me, the packaging, the shades, and the shade names were quite predictable. I think Mario is extremely talented and I do love the colours and would most likely use them all but it is nothing I have seen before. I should point out that I feel this way about every eyeshadow palette. If you are in the UK and are unsure I would recommend the Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Palette, which you can get from Beauty Bay. Free delivery. Plenty more colours. You could definitely create very similar, if not identical looks. That is just my opinion

Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Palette Photo by @swatchbeauty compared to KKW Beauty x Mario Eyeshadow Palette Swatches
Surprisingly, people have drawn comparisons to Kylie Cosmetics Royal Peach Palette and I think this is due to the vivid blues in both palettes, aside from that they couldn't be more different. It is clear, even to me, a non-professional, that the quality of the KKW Beauty x Mario palette is higher. This is evident not only in how they swatch but how they perform on the lids and how they feel to the touch. There is a makeup artist behind this release so I assume more attention was paid and the price would be higher if this failed, for instance, it could actually damage Mario's career. I have seen some great looks with this palette but a lot of them are the same. I will be doing a post with some of my favourite looks from the palette and I am going to try my hardest to dupe the shades for you in case one specific shade is calling out to you. Thank you so much for reading, please leave your comments below I am very interested in your opinion on KKW Beauty in general as well as this palette specifically. I have the Master Palette by Mario done in collaboration with Anastasia Beverly Hills and I would choose that palette over this. The only drawbacks of this palette are the slight kickbac, highlighted in NikkieTutorials video and the general high price, but that is not an issue for me. A personal drawback for me is that I own very similar shades already. Take care. 


What are your thoughts on KKW Beauty and this new palette?

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Monday, 2 April 2018

HOW TO MAKE A BUDGET OCCASION DRESS LOOK EXPENSIVE



If you are apprehensive about the budget dress you snatched up for a formal event, fear not. Just because you don't have the extra cash to splash out on an expensive designer dress doesn't mean you will stick out like a sore thumb. You can wear the budget dress, save your money and still look and feel divinely glamorous. In fact, for those of you shopping for prom dresses or graduation etc., there are many ways you can style inexpensive dresses to look just as stunning as the more expensive dresses in the room. Never forget, that it is not what you wear but how you wear it. 

First, you need to find the right place, but once you can find huge selections of cheap prom dresses. I have never paid more than £30 for a formal dress, this includes my prom, a ball and my graduation. I definitely recommend saving money where you can and as unfortunately not many life events call for extravagant gowns it makes sense to reduce your budget for something you might only end up wearing once. There are plenty of high street shops and online retailers that cater to more affordable tastes. This means you get a wider selection of dresses for half the price and ultimately end up saving yourself huge amounts of money.

Here are some tips on how to make sure your cheaper dress slays:

TOP TIPS:

Pick a good material: you want to avoid flimsy fabrics that easily break or get caught in jewellery, bobble etc. You definitely don't want it to be see-through and just as you don't want it to be too thin so it snags on everything you won't want the material to be too thick and unflattering. It should also feel nice on your skin, no itchiness or scratchiness. It should feel good. 

Go for a simpler gown: most elegant dresses are gowns that fit really well and most importantly look good on you. For that reason, simpler designs typically flatter more people. Try on different dresses and figure out what colour compliments you, what style etc. and go from there. Dresses with too much going on can be distracting and sometimes, dare I say, tacky. 

Compensate with hair and makeup: Anything can be dressed up or dressed down. I find playing around with my hair and experimenting with makeup makes all the difference between a casual and a formal event. Most importantly. as long as you feel good and are happy with how you look you will carry yourself with confidence.

Accessorise: Similar to hair and makeup, if your gown is especially simple accessories are a fantastic way to elevate a look. Much like finding the perfect dress, finding great accessories does not have to break the bank either. Plus, the less you spend on the dress the more you can spend on everything else. If your shoes are visible do select a pair perfectly and please please make sure you can walk in them. Unless you are wearing a simple black dress, statement jewellery may not be the best option.

Choose a subdued colour: Stay away from neon shades that look like they belong at a Full Moon Party. Unless you can carry it off better than Rihanna. This tip is mostly because most formal event dresses don't come in neon so they might not be suitable for the occasion but hey rules are meant to be broken.  

Be careful with embellishments: This is a tip most of us learn the hard way, I love intricate embellishment but with cheaper dresses and even sometimes with more expensive ones, adornments fall off, or just look off, and although it looks mesmeric on the website in real life it can be a disappointment and actually look cheap which is not what you want.

Choose cutouts carefully: Cut outs can look elegant and with really simple one colour dresses they can be gorgeous, but you want to make sure it's not too overpowering. You can assess this with how comfortable you feel in the dress while you're in it, make sure you are imaging the event as well. Definitely try your dress on before the day of the event, to make sure it fits, is comfortable and doesn't grab at any skin. 

These simple tips will make it easy to dress for a formal occasion without breaking the bank and still looking like you belong no matter the price-tag your dress comes with. Of course, everyone is different and the biggest tip that anyone could ever give is confidence you can pull anything off if you wear it with pride. Wear whatever you are most comfortable with, these are tips you can customise for yourself, for instance I like simple gowns that are usually just one colour that have a really good design, material and fit. I find them easier to style i.e. finding shoes. I am not a fan of jewellery so they need a good design so I can forgo earrings and a necklace etc. Makeup is my favourite part of any event so I want a dress that allows me to be quite creative with my face. My hair is usually loose so I never go for strapless dresses. I hope this helps, would love to hear your own tips for buying dresses for formal occasions. Thank you for reading! Take care. 

What do you look for in a formal dress?

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