Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Walk Tall


I hate the fact I'm smiling in this picture -cheesey- and I also hate my smile uh so lame. But anyway, this skirt was from Ark a while ago, it's one of their fuller chiffon ones and does look better with tights! My belt is from Primark and I believe it was only £2, and my shirt was from Zara and was £29.99 I love the fact it's leopard print, but a totally unique way of sporting the leopard print trend. I do have a thing for shirts and my favourite way to wear this one currently is with leather look leggings and boots! I rarely wear any bright colour so the oxblood tone of the skirt is perfect, it's slightly short here but I do have to hitch it up a bit seeing as I'm about 5"nothing haha. My hair looks massive and I didn't realise until now but you can see my photographer boyfriend in the window! I must learn to take them by myself in my own time as I always feel so awkward whenever anyone else takes a photo of me - hence the cheesy/awkward grin! It was quite warm when this was taken, otherwise I'd be wearing tights and it was a pre-holiday snap too which means hello palest legs ever!

Emma xx

Thursday, 6 September 2012

HOTD





So a few weeks ago I watched Britains Next Top Model and Whitney Port had the most amazing hairstyle, two braids sat like a headband on the top of her head and the rest of her hair was styled into a low side bun. She said on her blog she had taken inspiration from Princess Leia from Star Wars, but given it a modern twist and I completely agree. I tried to recreate it the other day and loved how it turned out so I had to share! It felt like a really pretty hairstyle to have in and could definitely be dressed up or down and worn for many occasions.

To achieve this style after I had washed, dried and brushed my hair I did two plaits using some of the hair from lower down, nearer to my neck as it's the longest length and would be long enough to act as a headband. I used a small amount of hair because I didn't want the plaits to be too thick or too thin. I did regular plaits although fishtail plaits would look pretty too. After this I pinned them to my head a couple of centimetres away from my hairline and secured the end of the plaits to the opposite side - if that makes sense! I then teased the rest of my hair to add some volume to it, sprayed a bit of hairspray and made some sort of bun-like shape near to my ear.  I didn't use a donut as I wanted it to look slightly undone and loose. I added lots of hairgrips to keep my hair in the bun. To make it look even more casual I pulled a few strands of hair to the front to frame my face and add that messy look that my hair often has. It's a casual way to do an 'up-do' and I like it lots.

It took a lot of hair grips to keep this look in place and the plaits took a few goes to get right but I was quite impressed with the result! Funny how good you can feel when your hair goes right!

Emma xx

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder





Rimmel is one of my favourite hughstreet makeup brands - their nail varnishes, lipsticks and various foundation and concealer products all get a thumbs up from me and this powder doesn't fall short of my expectations. I have probably repurchased this product about five times now, as it's really affordable at a mere £3.99 and the product inside is really good quality. You could probably get a good four or five hours wear of this without having to touch up, depending on your skin type and the powder is so finely milled and soft that I have never had a problem with it looking cakey or like I'm wearing too much makeup. I tend to use this when my base I'm using provides less coverage i.e. a tinted moisturiser, sheer foundation or BB cream just to make certain parts of my skin appear a bit more flawless than they naturally do! 

The powder comes in six shades - it's a shame they don't cater for darker skin tones as I feel they're missing out on a good sales opportunity. It's probably not as good quality as the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish and I bet the staying power isn't as good, but personally I think they do last quite a while when used to set foundation and is a cheap alternative. Stay Matte Powder is a good way to touch up after a few hours of makeup-wear and definitely do the job! If you want to reduce shine or have oily skin I would definitey recommend this. I used a large face brush to apply this when I want to set my whole face or if I want it in key areas to set my concealer or add a bit more coverage I'll use my Real Techniques Contour Brush as it's small enough to cover up smaller areas and works well.

The packaging is unfortunately quite cheap and I have broken one before, but I guess it's how they keep the cost down which is fine by me! As you can see I need to repurchase another one as I it pan a while a go but there is no rush as I haven't ever had the product inside shatter on me. However I don't travel with in my bag so don't take my word for it!

Rimmel is available everyewhere - Boots, Superdrug and even in my local Chemist so if you're curious, pick one up! Another contender I'd reccomend if you were after anything similar would be the Maybelline powders, as they are nice too. Overall a handy thing to pick up if you're like me and don't live near a MAC store and can't get your hands on a MSF!

Emma xx

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Naked 2 Palette!















So yes I'm late to the game, and yes maybe the Naked palettes are one of the most blogged about things  in blogging history BUT, this is kind of -my- online-beauty/style-journal and I wanted to document it anyway! I got this not long after I got the first one and I'm so glad I did, I don't know if I need to buy any eyeshadows ever again? It basically completes my neutral eyeshadow collection and for daytime looks, night-time looks I don't think I need anything else - it's just so versatile! 

So lets get up close and personal with the Naked 2 palette. You have a variety of warm toned and cool toned shades, taupes, matte shades and shimmer shades and they are all so soft, so finely milled and so blend-able that they are just lovely to use. They are also all so pigmented that you apply Urban Decay eyeshadows with such confidence, I hate eyeshadows that look a bit wishy-washy and take a real effort to apply and this is definitely not what Urban Decay are about. The only shade that is the same as the original palette is Half Baked, which I personally would never complain about as it's one of my favourite shades and one of my most worn ones this summer, but a lot of people may be grumpy about UD repeating any shades at all! Foxy, Verve and Bootycall are lovely for a brow bone highlight or even in the inner corner of your eyes. I love Chopper for it's slightly pink tones and pretty shimmer and a pair I love wearing together for a subtle smokey eye are Suspect and Snakebite. I like that there's a grey toned shade in Pistol - which is more wearable than you think grey would be and it goes lovely with Blackout for an intense metallic smokey eye for a possible evening look. I love Blackout to define the eyes, and add shadow too, the inclusion of a matte black may possibly make this palette slightly more wearable than the last. 

Overall I think my favourite shades this time round are: Snakebite, Suspect, YDK and Blackout.

There aren't any shades I dislike but I do get the least wear out of Foxy and Busted! Foxy because it looks too much of a pale yellow on me, not a natural highlight and Busted because I don't tend to wear purple shades as I find more neutral shades look better with blue eyes.

My new camera picks up the detail in the shades so well and you can really see the texture and exact colour of the eyeshadows. (This is my new toy and I'm loving it!) The brush that is included too is also really good as it's double ended, one end for precision and the other for blending. I don't use any other brush! On it's own it would be worth £14, so considering the palette is £36 and Urban Decay individual shadows are £13 then I think the palette is such good value for money! (However if your budget can't stretch this far then a cheaper alternative would be the Heaven and Earth palette by MUA - £4 and really similar!) 

I get so much use out of both my Naked palettes that I am so pleased I bought them - definitely worth the money and brilliant for a creative-but-not-adventurous-with-eyeshadow person like me! They would make a lovely gift and will last for ages so if your uhm-ing and ah-ing about whether to invest then I'd definitely recommend, as I cannot rave about this product enough. You can buy Urban Decay from Debenhams.

Emma xx

Monday, 3 September 2012

The Mulberry Monster





When I got my Mulberry purse (dammit, still need to post about that!) the packaging incorporated the cute Mulberry monster. I found him again whilst browsing the website and I just think it's so cute, especially on the scarf which I think I need. Unluckily I can't just splash £345 on a scarf so putting it on my blog will have to be the next best thing! The t-shirts and jumper are adorable too and it's not often I want to sport a cartoon character around on my front but I think I will have to make an exception for this little guy. So cute! The design which is featured in Mulberry's A/W 2012 collection was inspired by Maurice Sendak's book 'Where the Wild Things Are.' I love how it's more a graphic print than cartoon, the line work and detail make it different to anything I've seen before and it creates visually a different texture. Mulberry's own monster was designed by Emma Houlston and he's been making a fair few appearances since - I love it when designer brands show a cute and fun side that still ties in with the brand. The ideas of monsters and woods and general quirkiness are still predominantly British and thats what Mulberry are all about. I think he's lovely and I'm loving the pieces featuring him from Mulberry this year!

Emma xx

Rimmel Blush in Coral Rose









I love coral toned shades, and I love rose toned shades so what could be more ideal then a blush that captures both? I quite like Rimmel Blushes, this is the second one I've tried and these tiny little blushes are quite the hidden treasure in a makeup bag. For £3.99 you can't go wrong, if you don't like it's only four quid and if you do then great! As you can tell from the pictures, mine is well loved and something of a summertime must have in my makeup bag. The colour is at it's truest in the last picture with the swatch, I'm afraid the lighting in the others makes it seem not as bright and peachy! The mixture of the two shades creates a blush thats warm peach-toned and lovely. It was perfect with a tan on holiday and now I'm back it's doing a great job at warming up my face. It's not quite a bronze shade but it's definitely not a true pink or red colour like your traditional blushes and I think this is what I like about it. The colour pay off is pretty good, it's not intense but it gives you a lovely natural looking flush. There is some shimmer in it so if you prefer a matte finish then it probably won't be for you.

The packaging is so small, it's so easy to just chuck in a bag and take around with you. However on the aesthetics of the packaging Rimmel get a thumbs down from me, I think it looks really cheap, dated and just a bit tacky! But like I have said before cheap packaging keeps the cost down and if the product inside is still the same then what does it matter! Despite the size you get 4g of product still which is fair amount. I like to apply this with my Real Techniques Stippling Brush as it distributes products easily and really helps them blend into the skin. I find the Rimmel blushes really easy to blend and the colour is great for building up to whichever intensity you prefer. If you like natural looking makeup this could definitely be for you as I find the result to be a healthy flush of colour, that adds definition and warms the face without being overwhelming or too much.

Emma xx

Saturday, 1 September 2012

Stila Highlighter in Kitten












This is the highlighter I currently use. I love it and I think the packaging and the product are really pretty! For a while now I've been enjoying adding a bit of a something to certain areas of my face, as I like the glowy effect it gives. I follow 'the rules' and add a lighter, often shimmery product to the high points of my face i.e. brow bone, the ridge of my nose, tops of my cheekbones, middle of my chin, cupids bow and sometimes the middle of my forehead. (From just reading this it sounds like rather a lot but if I don't want to be ultra glowy then I don't use it on all of those places at once!) I always highlight my cheek and brow bones without fail anyway because I feel it accentuates the angles of my face and adds a subtle shimmer to the skin which makes it look more healthy, glowy and radiant! No one's skin is perfectly dewy all over, and nobodies skin is perfectly matte all over either and frankly if either of those were true it would look a bit strange - less natural, so this is a good makeup trick to work with your foundation so your face doesn't look all one shade and flat.

I used to swirl together a couple of old eyeshadows from a palette I didn't use and work with that, but I have been loving this Stila highlighter in Kitten ever since I purchased it about a month ago. The compact is compact (ha) and comes in the cutest light champagney-pink circular plastic packaging which is small and easy to carry around and travel with as it's quite lightweight. You also get a mirror inside which is handy. Is it just me or does it remind you of a Polly Pocket toy? No? (Just me then!) The actual product consists of two powders one is a champagne shade and the other on the left is a very light pink. The combination of the two is useful depending on which sort of skin tone you are, warmer toned girls can opt for the champagne-gold shade and cooler toned girls can use the pink shade. As I have fairly neutral skin tone I swirl them both together and apply with a Real Techniques contour brush as I find it the perfect shape for applying a small amount of product in key areas.

I think this product is lovely if you're after a nice subtle highlight. I don't like anything too OTT with my makeup so I really like this. The pigmentation is great and the actual powders are so soft and finely milled that they don't feel heavy or as though you can feel them sitting on your skin, which can sometimes happen with powder based face products. I've also worn this as an eyeshadow a couple of times and loved how versatile it was for an easy everyday look. It was difficult to pick up on photo because it genuinely looks like a natural highlight just above my blusher. Although you might feel cheated there isn't an example of me wearing it, I think it's a good thing! If it was majorly obvious on camera that it's like -wham-I'm-wearing-highlighter- think how non-subtle it'd be in person (ew.) It's definitely something that picks up better on the face in real life!

You can get Stila from your local Boots store, this product was £15 which may borderline on too pricey but for how useable it is, it's justifiable! 

I really think Stila have made their mark in the beauty industry and are fast becoming a brand I want to try more from such as the cream blushes, the foundations and the smudge pots! What do you think?

Emma xx