Tuesday, 26 August 2014

OOTD // Summer Vintage

With the first sun we've had in a couple of weeks, I decided to shoot an outfit of the day. Vintage fashion is something I adore and I feel I don't show that enough in this blog. I love playsuits. I mean the proper fifties style that nips in at the waist and is bright and colour and just perfect for summer (and also autumn I suppose, if you wear them with tights.) Here's my take on a modern 50's style, and also showing off my bike that my boyfriend fixed up for me. I bought it off Ebay for £30 when it was brown and rusty. It's amazing what a can of spray paint can do.

I wanted to play around with a few accessories too just for these photos. Don't worry, I didn't go out with them all on at once!

Main Outfit
Playsuit - Fletcher and Fenn
Shoes - Rio
Necklace - Craft Fair
Bag - Rio 

Hair Bow - Craft Fair
Whipped Cream Hair Accessory - Cute As A Button (Cutebuttonuk on FB)
Sunglasses - Primark 

Bike - Ebay
Baby - Borrowed From My Sister 
Cat - Just lurking in the garden. 


Foundation - Bourjois Healthy Mix
Concealer - Collection Lasting Perfection + Benefit Boi-ing
Blush - Bourjois Cream Blush 03
Bronzer - Sleek Face Form Kit in Light
Eyeshadow - Naked Basic Palette
Eyeliner - PS Love Felt Liner
Mascara - Rimmel Lycra Flex Scandaleyes 
Lipstick - Topshop 'Macaroon'

I hoped you enjoyed this post and hopefully I can do more like it. Do you like 50's style? 

Friday, 22 August 2014

My First Mac Purchases

I couldn't believe I'd been blogging for over six months, and had yet to buy any Mac makeup, despite the numerous reviews and hauls I've read. The main reason for this is that there isn't a Mac store anywhere near where I live. But I was also saving myself for my holiday, where there's a Mac store in the duty free.

I had a pretty good idea about what products I wanted, knowing I wanted a few lipsticks, a concealer and a foundation.

I tried a couple of the foundations out, eventually choosing Macs Studio Fix. I liked that it was full coverage, which perhaps is an odd choice to make in summer, but the medium coverage one I tried (the mineralized one I think) I felt that it made my skin look greasy. I bought a pump to go with my foundation for about £3 because I hate foundations without the pump. I don't understand why almost all cheaper foundations come with pumps, yet high end ones don't? Anyway, in the duty free, my foundation was £17.50.

I also bought the Pro Longwear concealer. I really don't understand why this comes with a pump, yet the foundations don't. So far, I'm really enjoying using this, but it's hard to get the exact amount you need. This cost £12.50 in the duty free.

Lastly, the three lipsticks I bought were Girl About Town, Rebel and Heroine. I've only worn Girl About Town upto now, as the other two are more winter lipsticks. These were £12.50.

I was also lucky enough to receive a sample of Macs Prep and Prime in the post. That was waiting for me when I got back.

I hope you enjoyed reading my post. What was your first ever Mac purchase?

Monday, 18 August 2014

Latest In Beauty Glamour Beauty Edit Review

Latest in Beauty have once again teamed up with Glamour to bring us nine different beauty products that are perfect for summer! I've been keeping my eye on the Glamour Beauty Edits for a while now, not really being that interested in the last couple, but this seasons has been amazing.

For just £16.95 including postage, the fact you get nine products is incredible value. Here's exactly what I got and my thoughts on them.

The product most bloggers seem to be excited about is the Illamasqua lipsticks. A world exclusive; each box contains a full sized lipstick from the new Glamore nude collection. I know a few people said the lipsticks didn't suit them, as the shades vary, but I was lucky enough to receive the shade 'Minx.' It's a gorgeous, browny red which actually suits me. The price of this lipstick alone is more than the whole value of the box. 

I was also excited for the Magnifibres Brush on false lashes. I don't own anything like this, so was happy this was in the box. You apply a layer of mascara, then the fibres, then another layer and get an amazing false lash effect.

The Rimmel London Sunshimmer Instant Tan BB Perfecter was something I wasn't particularly interested in. I have never wore fake tan and it all seems like too much hassle, but still, it's something for me to experiment with. I got the shade 'Medium Matte,' which actually suits me a lot. I've only been brave enough to put it on my legs for now, but it doesn't have that fake tan smell people go on about. It also didn't stain my white bedding. Bonus!

I'm glad LIB also included a tanning mitt as I don't have one. The Velvotan Original Tanning Mitt ensured my hands didn't end up stained, although I did use the wrong side to start with (I should probably start reading instructions.) 

There was some Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Sun Lotion in SPF 30 in the box. Unfortunately, I've already been on my holiday where it would have been most useful, but we may get some hot weather in the UK. This is a perfect size for travelling with and sticking in a handbag. It also smells amazing. Suncream usually lasts a year, so I may get some use next year with it. 

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is one of my favourites in the box. This is a Japanese brand, so I've never heard of them before, but it does exactly what it says. You apply it to your skin using dry hands to dissolve makeup and get rid of dirt. After playing with my Magnifibres, I used this to remove all the layers of mascara and it did so with ease. I can definitely see this becoming a firm favourite. 

Toni&Guy Volume Plumping Whip is something I wouldn't usually buy. I'm not a fan of sticky substances I have to run through my hair, but I'm happy to give anything a go. One thing I love is volumising products so it will be interesting if this works. 

A few days ago my nanna wanted her nails painting for a wedding, but I didn't have any 'normal' coloured polishes. I received this Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer in the shade 'apple' which is a gorgeous bright red shade. I think this is my favourite product, and after applying it, I went straight to the website to see what other shades are available. This dries so fast which is a good thing for me, as I always smudge my nails. You need a good top coat to prevent chipping, but what nail polish doesn't?

Lastly, there was a Bourjois Cream Blush. I think the packaging for these are amazing, and although I own a Bourjois Powder Blush, I don't own a cream one. It will be fun experimenting with this. 

So here's what is in the box. Everybody gets the same things, except the shades may vary on some products. I think for the price, you really can't go wrong. Have you picked up this beauty box?     

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Hull Blogger Box Swap

A couple of months ago, me and some of the bloggers who attended the Hull blogger meet up in March decided to do a box swap. We were set a budget and names were picked out a hat to decide who we were creating our box for. We decided to do it anonymously, only revealing ourselves once the blogger had received their box. However, my blogger decided to remain anonymous and not leave her name anywhere. I'm having fun trying to work out who it is by process of elimination.

I loved everything I received and was so overwhelmed. I know us bloggers are nosey people so I've decided to blog about everything I received.

My products came in a beautiful, flowery box which is definitely being turned into a storage box. The products were padded with stringy green paper to keep them safe. My 1 year old niece definitely enjoyed that part of the box! I received a card explaining why she chose the products which was a nice touch, and she also put some sweeties in my box for me to enjoy.

The first thing that caught my eye was the Sanctuary Warming Micro Brasion Polish. I love trying new skin care products, and have never used anything like this before, and also never tried Sanctuary's range of skin care products. I've used this a few times, and will probably post a more in depth review in the future, but I've been enjoying using it.

Next was a hair mask by the brand 'Bleach.' I've never heard of this brand before but I love hair masks. In fact, it's probably the only treatment I do routinely. I'm excited to use this, especially as the blogger said it was one of her favourites.

The blogger had obviously been doing her research as I received a sample of the Estee Lauder Night Repair Serum. She knew I had just received the Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation and said this works well with it.

The rest of the products in my box were by the brand 'Seventeen'. I always look at Seventeen makeup, but never end up buying anything. The blogger is obviously a huge fan and gave me a range of stuff to try.

The first thing that caught my eye is the Cheek Stamp Blush. Such a weird concept that always intrigued me and now I get to try it out. Although I was recommended to simply use a brush instead of the stamp.

The Seventeen Falsify HD mascara is fast becoming one of my favourite mascaras since I received it. The wand reminds me of my beloved L'Oreal Telescopic, and it makes my lashes look amazing. I tend not to buy mascaras for myself now as they're one product that overwhelmes with the vast variety, so it was nice to receive this new one.

I love lipsticks. I own over 40 now, and I love adding to my collection. So I was happy to receive a new one in the shade 'Make an Entrance' from the Seventeen Stay Pout Range. I already own a few lipsticks similar to this colour, however they are from more expensive brands (dupe post soon?) So it will be fun to see how this compares.

Lastly I received a single eyeshadow in the shade 'Statuesque.' I often overlook sinngle eye shadow pots in favour of palettes, so it was nice to receive one in such a pretty colour.

So there was my box. I'm so happy with what I got, and I adore everything. Thanks to Hannah for organising this swap in the first place, and once again, a huge thank you to the blogger who made my box.

Have you taken part in a box swap before?