Monday, 27 October 2014

AW14 Wardrobe Refresh - Clothing

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Dresses


With party season creeping up on us, you have to be ready with a wardrobe full of dress choices. I'm sure I'm not the only one who ends up trying on about five options before finally settling on the first one I tried on! 

My favourite picks are two bodycon numbers, naturally. The Karen Millen colourblock pencil dress can be dressed down with ankle boots and a backpack for daytime or glammed up with statement jewellery and heels for night time. Or if you want to turn a few more heads, I love this side split midi dress from Missguided. Sexy and a steal at less than £25!

For daytime, I'm dying to get my hands on this French Connection grid print dress, which I'd pair with some opaque tights and ankle boots for the perfect office attire. And for super cosy weekends, there's this oversized roll neck jumper dress from ASOS that basically would be like a wearing a huge cosy blanket all day... ideal.

L to R: Karen Millen Colourblock Pencil Dress
Missguided Side Split Burgundy Dress
French Connection Ciao Checked Dress
ASOS Oversized Roll Neck Midi Jumper Dress


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Tops


If you manage to make it through winter in the UK without ever wearing a chunky knit jumper I would be seriously impressed. But you'd also have missed out on months of pure cosiness. My pick for AW14 has to be a chunky knit, but obviously with my favourite trend this season - the roll neck! This Vero Moda roll neck jumper is navy (approved A/W colour), chunky and has that all important roll neck. Tick tick tick!

Monki are one of my absolute fave brands this year, they're churning out so many covetable pieces and they're not even pricey! I love this mustard-coloured silky pocket shirt, it's 100% making its way into my work wardrobe.

For post-work cocktails there's this lace insert cami from Missguided, throw on some heels and some vampy lipstick and you'll look glam in no time. Or there's this Warehouse metallic t-shirt for a shimmery take on a classic tee, low-key party attire at its best.

L to R: Vero Moda Roll Neck Jumper 
Monki Silky Pocket Shirt
Missguided Lace Insert Cami Top
Warehouse Metallic Glitter T-Shirt


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Trousers & Skirts


During the colder months, it's rare to see me out of my standard pair of black Topshop Leigh jeans, but there are a few additions I'd love to see in my wardrobe to change it up a little. First up, mom jeans. I know they're an acquired taste, but I love this pair of black Missguided ripped mom jeans. Keep it smart up top and you're on to a winner.

My second choice is this checked skirt from Warehouse, which would look great with a chunky roll neck jumper and some black loafers. Try not to pair with a shirt unless you want some funny looks from people who might question whether you're too old to be going to school!

And finally, the Topshop black coated Jamie jeans are almost definitely going to be making their way into my wardrobe. I hate uncomfortable, sweaty leather pants, so these are a great alternative. I'll be pairing them with everything.

L to R: Missguided Black Ripped Mom Jeans 
Warehouse Check Print Skirt 
Topshop Black Coated 'Jamie' Jeans

What will you be adding to your Autumn/Winter wardrobe?

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Sunday, 19 October 2014

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella

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NARS Audacious Lipstick in Annabella*
House of Fraser, £24.00


I picked this up back in the summer, when the NARS Audacious lipstick collection was all a bit hush-hush, so it's great to finally be able to blog about it. I managed to get my hands on two lipsticks from the 40-shade collection, Annabella, which is a bright bold poppy red, and Michiyo, a shocking pink. Whilst I'm yet to try out Michiyo (so so bright!), Annabella has fast become my go-to red lipstick. I'm hoping to add some darker, gothy shades to my collection soon too.

These lipsticks glide on like no other, giving you a really intense full-coverage finish in just one stroke. They're really creamy and moisturising, whilst still being long-lasting, so you don't need to touch up too much during the day. One little nugget of advice though: don't wear it whilst eating a bagel. It will end up on your chin... glamourous.

Have you tried any shades from the NARS Audacious collection?

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Getting Clearer Skin

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How I Got Clearer Skin

I was that girl who forgot to take her makeup off after a night out. The girl who thought nothing of skipping cleanser and grabbing the face wipes. I used Sudocrem as crisis spot management and my moisturiser was whatever smelt nice and fell into a 3for2 offer. It's safe to say, I didn't have skincare down. I was rubbish at routines and my skin showed it.

Nowadays I'm a little better. I understand the importance of a healthy diet but also the importance of giving yourself a big kick in the butt and making yourself cleanse, sometimes tone, and moisturise every day. It's really important to find those products that really agree with your skin and establish a consistent skincare routine. Ditch the face wipes, double cleanse, exfoliate regularly, moisturise day & night and drink loads of water! 

If you want to know how I've been helping to clear my blemish-prone skin, take a look at a few products that have been helping to keep my skin in check recently...


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Pixi Glow Tonic
Liberty London, £18

This is probably one of my all-time favourite skincare purchases, a bold statement but it's true. I saw the Pixi Glow Tonic on Caroline Hiron's blog, read up on all its benefits and was instantly sold. It's a glycolic acid toner, which I use at night after cleansing thoroughly with Super Facialist Vitamin C Cleansing Oil and Super Facialist Rose Hydrate Cleanser. My skin just absolutely loves it!

It contains skin-friendly ingredients such as ginseng, witch hazel and aloe vera. The witch hazel is great for fighting any spots and the aloe vera really soothes your skin. The main difference I've noticed though is the texture of my skin, it's now much much smoother as the glow tonic is an exfoliating toner. 

It's an all-round great addition to anyone's skincare routine, pricey but you do get 250ml of product which will last you ages.


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Trilogy Rosehip Oil
Look Fantastic, £11.06


If you have oily skin, don't dismiss this one so easily... I promise it's great for everyone! The Trilogy Rosehip Oil has become a staple part of my nightly skincare routine, as it gives my moisturiser an added hydrating kick but also because it's great for helping to heal any spot scarring. 

Add 2-3 drops to your moisturiser (AM and PM if you want, but I usually reserve this for night time) and massage well into your skin. It doesn't break me out at all as it's non-greasy and really lightweight, but just make sure to regularly exfoliate your skin as it can make flaky skin look worse!


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Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Moisturiser
Boots, £16.99


This is actually one of those previously mentioned products that I randomly buy on a 3for2 offer because it smells nice. However, I have used a few products from the Super Facialist by Una Brennan skincare range before, so I knew to expect good things.

I've included two moisturisers in this post, as I can't always splurge on £45 products, but the Super Facialist Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Moisturiser works just as well as its higher-priced alternative. Enriched with Vitamin C extract, Hyaluronic Acid and anti-oxidants, this is a lightweight but hydrating moisturiser that seriously helps to smooth out skin. Perfect if you're after an accompaniment to the Rose Hydrate Cleanser and Vitamin C Cleansing Oil, which are my current favourite cleansing duo from the range.  


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Eve Lom SPF 15 Moisturiser
Feel Unique, £45


Last but not least is the newest addition to my skincare routine, the Eve Lom SPF15 Moisturiser. At £45 a pot, this is possibly the most extravagant skincare purchase I've made, but definitely one I don't regret. 

It's a super hydrating day cream, that glides on to my skin and sinks in really well. I hate it when you get a hydrating moisturiser and all it does it sit on top of your skin, making you feel like a greasy mess. This definitely isn't the case with this, as even though it appears to be quite rich, it's still a very lightweight easily-absorbing formula.

One thing though, it has quite a distinct 'herby' almost peppery scent. It put me off at first but I'm definitely getting used to it. This is pure luxury and well worth a purchase if you're on a payday splurge. Warning: it will definitely make you want to purchase more Eve Lom... £££!

Which products are staples in your skincare routine at the moment?

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