Sunday, 20 April 2014

Haul // Forever 21, New Look, House of Fraser & Boots

Well, it's safe to say I'm going on a spending ban again - or at least not buying lots of things at once for a while. These items were sadly all purchased in the same day, so I thought I'd share to pretend I had an agenda, and not that I just got spending happy. I did actually pick up a few things in Primark recently too, but forgot to include them here. I have outfit photos already taken including them though, so you'll still get a look!

Denim jacket // New Look (website was having issues while I was writing this but it is still available - I'll link to the jacket when I can)
Cami // Forever 21
Kimono // Forever 21
Bourjois 123 Perfect CC Cream in Ivory // Boots
Bourjois Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Red Sunrise // Boots
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush // Boots
Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Rose Hip // Boots
Rimmel Stay Blushed! Blush in Pop of Pink// Boots
Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude // Boots
Maybelline 24 Hour Colour Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow in Permanent Taupe // Boots
Benefit Gimme Brow Gel in Light/Medium // House of Fraser
Benefit That Gal Brightening Face Primer // House of Fraser

My defense to this very long list is that 1. the store wide 3 for 2 Boots offer was on, and 2. I didn't spend any money in House of Fraser as I used a gift card. But eh... let's ignore the rest. As always, I will feature the clothing items in blog posts at some point which can give you an idea of how they actually look on, so keep an eye out for those! I'm sure the makeup items will also be featured too. Let me know what you think of any of these items!

Friday, 18 April 2014

Those Lingering Dark Shades...

Yes, Spring has finally sprung. But I'm still clinging on to my dark polishes and lip products. Being pale, I think a dark lip and nail can look lovely and vampy, whereas the usual pastels and pale pinks typical of Spring time just wash me out. So, here are my favourite darker products that I think can still be used during the warmer, sunnier months.

By sticking to berry shades, I think a darker lip can look great during Spring. For a bright, plum toned red, I like the L'Oreal Shine Splash in 190 Endless Red (linked is shade Juliet which I think is the UK equivalent - I purchased this in the US). This is glossy and long wearing, and provides a great pop of colour. For a more toned down plum, I like Bourjois' Colour Boost Lip Crayon in Plum Russian. This is a much more subtle approach to a dark lip, and also wears really well. If you're feeling a bit more daring or want a darker lip for night time, then the Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in 107 Wine is a great option. Being matte, I think it works really well as a day time dark lip, but it also looks lovely at night too. This is one of those lipsticks that can be applied sparingly for a lighter colour, or layered up to create a dark pout. All of these shades definitely create a dark lip, but still have that pop of berry that makes them lively for Spring.
Plum Russian, Wine, Endless Red

Bordeaux, Pomegranate
On the nails, I go for a similar tone. Barry M's Gelly Nail Polish in Pomegranate is a bright berry shade. This is darker than your usual Spring shades, but is still nice and bright, and super glossy looking too. Essie's Bordeaux is a more vampy version, in a burgundy shade. I won't lie, it doesn't make me think of Spring. But, I think it looks amazing with brighter clothes, because it creates a contrast between them.

So, if you want to wear your darks this Spring then go for it! What is your opinion on wearing dark products at this time of year?

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Outfits // Monochrome

You may have seen me feature this cream/white crop top in a haul a little while ago. I haven't worn it out yet, and so wanted to style an outfit that I can wear soon!

What I'm Wearing:
Top // Forever 21
Disco pants // Topshop
Shoes // eBay
Necklace // H&M
Rings // (L-R) Forever 21, Topshop, Topshop, eBay
Earrings // eBay (not the same seller)

I like adding gold accessories when wearing a monochrome outfit, as I find it stands out a lot more than silver does (although silver can still look nice!). The jewellery plus the gold features on the heels also tie in with the little gold button on the disco pants, which I think is a nice touch. This look could be seen as casual too, if the shoes were replaced. I haven't featured a lot of "going out" outfits on this blog though, hence why I went with this!

P.S. I'd love feedback on how this top looks with that white strapless bra. I think it'd look nice with a black bra, but the front of the top is too sheer for that! If you don't think the white looks good, any suggestions on what I should go with instead?