Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Who To Follow On Instagram | Part Two


I'm back today with another installment of my Insta-spiration. I've got a collection of lust worthy feeds which you're bound to swoon over! These are my top fashion feeds to inspire your everyday wear - bound to make your wishlist 10x longer and your purses empty! I have also thrown in some orgasmic food pictures for any of you food lovers out there.
NYC based, digital art director, Erica Choi has a love for exploring the city but also a love for fashion. Her blog and instagram feature many of her sophisticated and luxury outfits - they always look so chic. Her feed is also filled with tons of mouth watering food snaps. If you need any healthy living inspiration, Erica is the one to follow.
Jenn has a definite unique sense of style with a Korean influence for her outfits. Her YouTube channel also showcases many fashion related videos- one being my favorite called 'What Would Jenn Wear' - a great advice video for those stuck in a fashion dilemma. 
A reasonably new follow of mine, Cassi and Ricci are also YouTuber's where they share their passion for fashion through lookbooks and hauls. Their style is very similar to mine as they incorporate a lot of neutral and mono-tone colours. Expect simplisstic outfits filled with lots of fun and informative videos!

Who do you love to follow on Instagram? Don't forget to check out my latest blog survey...

Sunday, 28 December 2014

Have Your Say: End Of Year Blog Survey

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It's very nearly the end of 2014 so that means a whole new year of blog posts to plan. Over the past few months the direction of this blog has been drifting towards more of the beauty side but I thought it was about time to get your feedback, to get a sense of what you would like on the blog. 

I have created an end of year survey, which I would gladly appreciate if you took 2 minutes to complete it. It would help me tremendously for the year of 2015 but also for your benefit too!

Click here to have your say! It completely anonymous just in case you were wondering. I really want to create more of your favorite posts so thank you in advance.



Saturday, 27 December 2014

Topshop Lipstick Innocent | Review


I had only ever swatched and sampled Topshops' makeup several times in the store, so this is new territory for me, but had only committed to their nail polishes - which are definitely worth the hype. Their individual lipsticks cost £8 and range from deep reds to matte lip bullets. I got gifted a duo set including the lipstick Innocent which is definitely a shade I would of chosen myself.

Innocent is a blue toned pink that is perfect for your everyday grab and go lipstick. At first glances, I thought the shade wouldn't suit me but I was still eager to give it a go. Sadly the colour is too pale of a pink and washes me out however to achieve a flattering shade I dab the lipstick on to create an even more natural look. On the flip side, the formula is really creamy and moisturizing resulting in no dry lips! The formula and shade is also very comparable to Mac's Cremesheen lipsticks. Like all of Topshop's makeup, the packaging is very chic with it's tin cover that is quite sturdy and the lid is very secure so it won't come off in your bag. Plus it has that satisfying 'click' when you put the lid back on.

Although this is not my favorite lipstick I own, I definitely want to try out a wider range of Topshop lipsticks in the future and hopefully find some which suit my skin tone.

I have also created an end of year survey to understand what you like about my blog. It only takes five minutes to complete and I would appreciate all responses so I can create a more enjoyable blog. The link is here.

What's your favorite Topshop lipstick?



Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide | Stocking Filler/Under £20

Christmas Gift Guide | stocking filler
This is my (very late!) second installment of my 'Christmas Gift Guide' series. This time round it's my favorite of them all - stocking fillers! I have included a variety of presents ranging from beauty to stationary, all under the £20 mark.

Smashbox Full Exposure Travel Palette, $22 
This was originally created for Smashbox's makeup artists but has now recently been made readily available for beauty buyers. This set provides eight must have neutral eyes shadows in one portable palette for on the go touch ups. With a variety of eye shadows you can create many looks for day and night.

Alphabet Bags Tick Tock Ignore The Clock, £20
This enchanted pouch is ideal for storing away your makeup essentials or other necessities for close keeping. With a fairytale-inspired quote in sparkling gold lettering, it sure will keep you in the Christmas spirit.

Romantic Handheld Mirror, £9.45
This shabby chic mirror will be a great addition to any girls dressing table for touch ups throughout the day. Why not treat yourself?

Landmark Ring Dish, £10
This whimsical Eiffel Tower ring dish holder will add a touch of Paris into any room whilst holding your favorite rings.

Candy Kittens Sweet Selection Cracker, £9.99
Filled with a selection of gourmet, gummy candy, this cracker is a delicious way to celebrate this season! Ideal for a stocking filler or to set on the table after your Christmas meal. It also includes a lanyard, sticker, pencil and keyring.

Kate Spade Thank You Card Set, £15
Everyone loves grand gestures and kind acts of love especially on pretty, personalized handwritten notes. This sweet rose and gold Thank You notes will brighten anyone's mood. Hopefully one day my whole desk will be decked out in Kate Spade stationary!

I hoped you liked the last of my Christmas Gift Guides, tell me in the comments what you would like to see in your stocking this year!



Monday, 8 December 2014

BB, CC and DD Creams 101


BB,CC and DD creams have really started to become popular over the past few months but with all these new creams, it's really important to understand what makes them so popular! Below is a step by step guide to understanding what BB creams are, how to pick them and how to use them to the best of their ability.

BB Creams, what are they?
'BB cream' stands for beauty balm or blemish balm - think of it as a tinted moisturizer. It has all the usual benefits of hydrating and providing coverage like any tinted moisturizer but it also includes SPF, blemish fighting, anti-ageing and skin-brightening ingredients. So depending on which BB cream you pick, you'll be able to tackle many different problems.

CC Creams, what are they?
CC creams are now starting to really hit the beauty market world with promises to out do BB creams. The name stands for Colour Control or Corrective Control, meaning it's aim is to correct the different tones in your skin.

DD Creams, what are they?
Another one to look out for in the future is DD creams, which stands for Dynamic Do-all Cream. With SPF formulas, anti-blemish, anti-ageing and skin perfecting formulas these might just tip BB and CC creams out the water. They won't be hitting the shelves just yet but keep your eyes peeled!

How to pick the right one...
It can be very tricky choosing the right BB cream for you especially as some blend more effortlessly than others. However try picking one that has the skin benefits tailored for you (for instance targeted for oily skin). Don't be scared to ask the sales assistant for some guidance if needed!

How to use BB cream...
BB creams are great for those days where your skin looks amazing and doesn't need much coverage. You can either wear this on its own or before the rest or as a primer before all your makeup, so it's best to apply this after your morning wake up of moisturizer. This will even out your skin and make it have a natural glow for the day ahead.

I hope this has helped you to know all about the different types of creams out there on the market and how to use them for their different benefits.

What's your favorite BB cream?



Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide under £50


Christmas Gift Guide under £50

 As christmas is drawing closer so is that daunting time of present buying. Hopefully you would have been very organised and bought all your gifts before the commotion begun. But if you've left it to the last minute, then here are some gift ideas for under £50  (these are definitely for the more girly girl!)

Kate Spade do an excellent range of phone cases even ones with cute, inspirational messages - making you smile all day long. You're bound to get compliments from this eye-catching case, plus it doubles up as a mirror! 

It's so SO sparkly so how can you not want it? Pairing this with a simple LBD, you'll be catching the light of the dance floor in no time! 

Packaged in a beautiful, brown crocodile skin brush holder are four travel sized brushes to achieve a flawless look. It includes a face blender, concealer brush, eye shadow brush and duel-ended eye liner/ultra fine eye liner brush. Perfect for the girl who has her travels.

Zara Mini City Bag, £39.99
You can't have enough black bags, so why not add this one to your collection? With lots of compartments and zips to hold all the necessities that anyone would need - it's the perfect size!

Nars Digital World Lip Pencil Coffret, £32
If you're a lip junkie (like I am) then this is the gift for you! It includes five satin lip pencils in a jumbo pencil format for easy on-the-go application.

Lola Belgravia Letter Necklace, £30
This gold toned necklace would make a lovely personal gift with the embossed initial pendant. It's simplicity can be worn on it's own or layered with others to accessorize any outfit.



Monday, 1 December 2014

Quick Dry Nails

For the month of December I was planning on posting a blog post every other day but because it's getting darker each night I'm finding it very hard to take decent quality pictures. I will still try and stick to a schedule but just in advance I am sorry if I don't post on the right days...

When I was in boots a few weeks ago I stumbled across the Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for Nails. I was a bit apprehensive with the whole instantly touchable nails but for only £3.05 I couldn't really pass it up. 
I love using a simple topcoat for a glossy shine but sometimes I am in a complete rush (spending way too much time doing my makeup!) The idea with this, is to spray the product 10cm away from your nails and within 60 seconds they should be touch-dry. After the 60 seconds were up, I was able to reach into my bag and dig into any draws with no smudging or creasing - a girls dream! However when applied the spray does leave a very greasy/oily residue, which I'm guessing is this vitamin E oils, that you have to rub off when fully dried. It's great for if you're wanting an on the go or last minute manicure but apart from that I will probably be sticking to my own handy topcoat!