Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Wednesday Wishlist #4

Feels like ages since I've done one of these but I have been on holiday! Just a few things that have caught my eye...

1. Estèe Lauder BB Cream. £32 A full sized one of this would be lovely but I may wait until I'm a bit richer until I splurge out! I'd rather buy a foundation as that is more of a necessity, it would be nice to have other options than wearing the same things on my face everyday and this would be a nice break from more coverage foundation.

2. Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. £33 I need to try this, after having seen people wearing it and loving how good their skin looked I definitely have a lust for Laura. It'll be the next foundation I buy!

3.Michael Kors Chronograph watch. £209 I'm not one for watches or jewellery that's too blingy or in your face, so a nice humble leather strap would suit me best I think! As much as I do like the wholly gold or rose gold watches I think this is the most -me- and it's definitely something I could wear everyday. You never know I could have a change of heart and go all 'need some gold on ma wrist' on you but I think the pretty diamonds in this is enough! It's expensive though so I'll have to keep whipping out my best smile whenever anyone asks what I'd like for my birthday...

4.Topshop Dress £75 This is gorgeous. I hate using this phrase but for the second time I'm going to say it's so -me- I love the leather look detailing on the collar and cuffs, and the lace and then the gold chain on the collar and then the slight hint of girlishness in the underlayer of a muted soft pink. It's just gorgeous but again like the watch it's so expensive, I'd never pay this much for a dress myself unless I was earning loads or had a special occasion to justify it, but it's so pretty!

5.Topshop Holdall Bag £48 I basically spend half my life at home and half of it at my boyfriends so I'm forever moving the stuff I need (macbook, makeup, clothes, shower things) between the two! I've been thinking about getting a larger, sturdier bag for this reason as my current ones are so awkward to carry when they're full to the brim of my life and I love the stud detailing on this number.

6. Silence and Noise dress from Urban Outfitters £55 This is a really nice statement peice for A/W. With bare legs and black ankle boots it would look nice, but it would also look good dressed up with some jewellery and maybe block colour big shoes. I love that it's a take on the popular oversize t-shirt dress with a dipped hem/cape back kind of thing but the sheerness over the shoulder just makes it that tiny bit edgier/more stylish. I love it anyways!

Little Talks - Of Monsters and Men

Sometimes it's nice to post something a little different and so today's post includes a music video! The song is one me and my boyfriend are both obsessed with at the minute, after hearing them perform an acoustic version (pretty much sounded the same!) at Reading festival on the telly. Of Monsters and Men are a Swedish folksy alternative band that do indeed use trumpets in their songs. They got big by entering a Swedish battle of the bands type competition and actually won it - this song has reached no1 over there and I expect there will be a massive influx of love for them in Britain soon too! This song is so much fun and although the video is a little crazy (what the hell is going on?) I just can't get enough of how upbeat it is, serious feel good song! I like a lot of music like this, they have apparently been hailed the new Arcade Fire and I find them similar to Band of Skulls in a way too - It's probably just the guy/girl duet but I really like it! Some other of my favourite bands are Mumford and Sons, Bombay Bicycle Club and the Bens' (Howard and Francis Leftwich) so as you can see these fit right in. Enjoy!

I'm not doing much today because of the rain, it's more a 'preparing for other days' day as I really need to get the rest of the week sorted! I plan on seeing a couple of friends later on this week and I have to make a trip into town too which I'll probably do tomorrow. This is my last lazy day for a while I hope!

Emma xx

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Estèe Lauder BB Cream

Or if you want the whole full name she-bang then Estèe Lauder Anti-Oxidant Beauty Benefit Cream SPF 35. I don't think I'd say it's exactly a secret that Estèe Lauder are fast becoming my favourite makeup brand. They have a foundation that suits your every want and need - whatever the style of finish, they produce blushes and bronzers in amazing shades that are so goddam pigmented and lovely and their eyeshadow palettes are some of the most beautiful things I've ever set my eyes on. But now knowing they've changed my ideas about something I'd never thought I'd want to spend money on confirms it - they're incredible!

I was on a trip into town, after a bottle of Double Wear in a darker shade (Ecru is far too light for me now!) and unfortunately they didn't have much stock in of the shade the MUA matched me to (which is Desert Beige.) She gave me a few samples of the BB Cream to keep me going and although a little disappointed at not getting any Double Wear, I was intrigued and glad I had not left empty handed. A couple of days later I teared open my sample of the shade 'Light' and a couple of hours later here we are, with me liking it so much that I went on and wrote a full-blown blog post about it.

I wasn't expecting much as my previous experience of BB creams hasn't been that wonderful. I've tried Maybelline, Garnier and L'Oreal and have been disappointed with all of them. They felt too greasy, went patchy after a while, weren't long lasting and the shades weren't brilliant. I never expected the amount of coverage that I like (medium-ish) but even the best of the three (Maybelline) didn't give me enough confidence in my skin to wear it on it's own out of the house. In actual fact I took my samples of these on holiday and shoved them on for some light coverage and SPF during the day! However, back on the topic of Estèe Lauder, I was certainly intrigued as I'd never tried a premium brands version of a BB Cream. I can tell you now that it's a dream to apply, it feels sort of thick but soon melts into the skin whilst giving a nice amount of coverage. I applied it with my Real Techniques expert face brush and could only stare at the mirror as it effortlessly glided onto and into my skin making it radiant, even and healthy looking. For a sheerer coverage I'd suggest using your fingers, but I was happy with the result of this and thought finally I've found a BB Cream I actually like! I love the smell of it too - it smells like all their DayWear products do with that sort of fresh cucumber scent, but sweeter, which I really like. This BB Cream is oil free which is really nice - it makes it slightly thicker and in my opinion more long-wearing and so it'll probably tick the boxes of the oily-skinned girls out there. The Anti-Oxidant part sounds good to me too, the added vitamins and protection against UV rays give it an anti-aging factor and generally helps to keep skin healthier. What more could you want?

The only downside is the shade range, there is only Light and Medium and although I think there is something in this that changes to suit your skin tone to some degree, I don't think two shades is enough to suit everyone's needs. Something else you could argue isn't so great is the price - at £32 it's very expensive and something I'd definitely recommend you try before you buy. To someone who is familiar with high-end makup prices maybe it seems more reasonable, or expected. But to someone who has just come across it, it may feel a little unjust to splurge out that much for 30ml of product. My eyes also may have reacted to this a little, so if you have sensitive eyes then I'm giving you a heads up - don't get it in your eye. I had to wait ten minutes before resuming my makeup because my eye was streaming that much!

Overall another great base from EL. Definitely one to take a look at if you're considering a BB cream and want to splash out a bit. At 30ml I would say this should last you a while but then again with my higher end products I tend to use them more sparingly than other people do because of the price! If you've tried this, or any others you think are worth a mention let me know!

(Here are some images for the visual side, but I apologise as my camera has broken and these are phone quality (Crap quality!) images.)

 These photos are horrible and I don't think they do the product justice! You can see that the finish is natural thought, with a radiant glow that borders on the dewy finish. I have used Estèe Lauder blush in Wild Sunset, filled in my brows but not wearing any other makeup.
 Straight on. This has more sunlight in the picture so I look paler somehow. And my eyes look drunk. I hate this picture. I apologise for the bad images ! 

Shade Light. I am tanned but my face isnt that dark. My hand doesn't look that orange IRL I hope.

Emma xx

Sunday, 19 August 2012

Paying Homage to Topshop Boots

So Autumn is approaching, quicker than us here in England would hope and although I just got off my holidays, I've wasted no time in realising I have nothing to wear especially in the foot department. So what did I do? Scoured the web for the latest trend in footwear and found a stunning variety of footwear to impress? Well not exactly. I headed to my (and everyones) old faithful Topshop and fell in love with about six pairs of boots. Black, brown, studs, chunky heels, flats, ankle and knee high Topshop have undoubtedly outdone themselves yet again this year and I'm determined to own them all! I find Topshop footwear such good value for money, especially anything made out of leather. My only problem is finding them too pretty to do anything with other than stare at, but I'm sure once I own the ALVINS or ACCOSTS in black I'll get over that and be strutting around like nobodies business.
Here are a few of the boots I've been eyeing up, with some kind of comment from me beneath although really you only have to take a look at them to see why I'm so keen!
'APOCOLYPSE Studded Heavy Boots' And here's the theme, ankle boots, black, bit of a heel, a few studs here and there to toughen up any outfit. £85 isn't a bad price either and I really like these.

ALEXY. Topshop have brought back an old favourite here and I don't want to miss out this time! A recycle of the ALLEGRAS I loved those before and like these ones even more. The heels thick and high enough to be dressed up and worn out but they can be casual enough for day to day use. Gah, heart = sold.

These are also firm favourites, the ACCOSTS. I like the studded fronts, it's more subtle than the APOCOLYPSE and the heel is higher, making them slightly more girly and versatile as they could be worn in the day or at night. I think they justify the £90 price tag and I can literally see myself in them now.

Slightly cheaper at £40 this pair of MILLICENTS are gorgeous. Again with the studs (noticing a theme?) I love the contrast with the gold as to me it seems a bit brighter than on the other boots. I would definitley buy these as I am a lover of flat shoes - you can't fault comfort - and I would like to think I'd get a lot of wear from these.

I am obsessed with these ALVINS. Their a definite statement boot and I love the buckle detail as well as the studs on the front. Again the heel is a decent height and just generally are a beautiful pair of boots.

Finally something a little different! Some of the above pairs come in brown but this is the first that I actually prefer in this colour. I love western style boots and these are really nice to just throw on and instantly add more style to any outfit. I'd love a pair of brown ankle boots as well as a pair of black and these could well be the ones.

So as you can see a lot of choice. I'm just hoping none sell out before I've decided which ones to spend my pennies on. It's safe to say though if you're after new boots you need not look any further than Topshop.

Emma xx