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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Fashion: The faux fur shawl/scarf

My aim for the next few months is to try and make my blog a little more fashion focussed rather than just beauty and skincare, as I feel that this can become a little same old same old after a while. I am a big fan of Fashion and have always been a lover of shopping and putting various different pieces together; I especially adore winter fashion as I think this is when you can really let your own personal style shine. I love wrapping myself up in a big old oversized coat, a woolly scarf, some cute winter booties, all complemented with a cute pair of skinny jeans or leather trousers. I recently went shopping in my hometown for a few smart work pieces, and of course managed to steer away from the brief and headed straight for Top shop and H&M. 

I am currently loving H&M, I find they can sometimes be a bit hit and miss however recently I have found some gorgeous pieces in their woman collection for such amazing prices. This faux fur scarf is a recent H&M purchase, as soon as I saw it I literally made a B-line across the store, I know it looks slightly like having a racoon wrapped around your neck, but I just think it adds something a little different rather than your average scarf. It cost me £14.00, which I think is a steal considering it looks so much more expensive and something you would find in a designer store. I will definitely be pairing this with my oversized black coat and a nice fedora hat this winter, if it gets a bit cooler that is!


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Beauty: Chanel's soleil tan de chanel (bronze universal)

I absolutely adore Chanel, if I could afford to, I would choose to only ever use Chanel products, however sadly my bank account cant quite stretch to that feat, so I will have to make do in small doses, mind you this does make every Chanel purchase that little bit more special.

I had been ogling the Chanel bronze Universal every time I stepped foot in a department store,  it first hit the beauty blogging community a few years ago and since then its become one of those cult products that every beauty lover has in their kit and swears by, plus the packaging is just too gorgeous for words. I've had this bronzer almost a year now and I haven't even touched pan, however in a bid to make it last, I do tend to save it for special occasions rather than every day use. It has the most gorgeous creamy texture with a lovely caramel brown shade that isn’t too dark and isn’t too light, it also has a subtle shimmer which gives your face a lovely glow. 

I think the best thing about this product is that it is buildable, being a cream product I was a little worried that it would apply really pigmented and leave a brown splodge on my cheek, however it really does go on flawlessly and subtly enough so there is no worry of an OTT application. I tend to apply this with a bronzing blush all over the face, focussing on the cheekbones and the jaw line, which gives me a healthy looking, glowing complexion. I can see why so many people have been fawning over this product, as it really can be used for any occasion, whether you opt for a subtle day to day glow, or go for a dramatic bronzed look for a night out its the perfect bronzer to have in your collection.
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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Skincare: Argan Oil night repair serum

You all know by now that I’m a bit of a bargain hunter when it comes to beauty and skincare, and can simply never resist trying a brand out when it has such a dreamy price tag! My most recent budget buy was this Argan oil night repair serum from the shop, Savers(if you aren't from the UK its basically a cheap drugstore) which I picked up for just £1.99, I got muddled a few weeks back thinking it was £2.99 when I posted a picture of it on Instagram, but it is actually a quid cheaper and that is just mad considering most night serums and oils aren’t much under 20 quid. I admit that this may not be the best night treatment on the market, but actually it’s definitely up there with some of the drugstore skincare products, also the packaging is just so lovely, how can something be so beautifully packaged and priced so low?! 

I have been using this product every evening before my moisturiser (willingly putting aside my beloved kiehl’s midnight oil to give an honest review) and actually it is a pretty good little product. The consistency is a bit odd, as its quite white and creamy and just not really what I was expecting, and the smell is quite similar to their hair products, however once applied to the skin you actually feel that your skin is a lot more moisturised than usual and it instantly gives you a little glow. In the morning my skin feels fresh and still moisturised so I know that it has done its job of repairing and conditioning my skin to some degree. This may not be a cult beauty product, however for the price it is a great little item to have in your skincare regime, especially for someone new to serums and oils or someone just on a bit of a budget. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Beauty: Cheap and cheerful ebay makeup brush set

I’m not gonna lie, I’m a bit of a fan of buying fake makeup brushes online... you wanna know why? Because their cheap, come in a generous set and are surprisingly good quality. I bought a few sets back when I was 16, and since then have moved on to bigger and better things such as the Real Techniques brushes, which are great quality but also very affordable, however the other night I slipped back into my old ways and sneakily purchased this gorgeous fake set of sigma brushes from eBay for around £8.00. 

Firstly, I absolutely adore the colours of them, as you can probably tell I am all about that white look ATM and these just look so sleek in my cute little pot on my dressing table. Secondly, I love that they include literally every core brush you need, such as your classic buffing brushes, an amazingly domed contour brush, and some amazing eye brushes. When I first used these on my face I actually couldn’t believe the softness, genuinely they are probably softer than the real techniques, it’s like rubbing your face with a tiny little baby bunny… (bit weird, but you get what I mean) 

Probably the most important point, the application; if I’m honest I really cant fault this, the buffing brushes work amazing with my liquid foundation and really work the product into the skin and give my skin an amazing finish. The contour brush, which is currently my favourite is probably the best contour brush I have used simply because it has such a good shape for the application and means you can create a lovely contour line along the hollows. 

These brushes may show their true colours in a few weeks or so, shedding after a few washes, however I do think that for the price they are amazing value and really do apply my makeup really well, plus they look so cute and a girl can never have too many makeup brushes!
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