Friday, 20 April 2018

   Whenever I welcome a new piece into my wardrobe, I usually spend the following week wearing it non-stop and trying to find different ways to style it. Something that was definitely missing in my life was an over the shoulder style of bag, something that I could just fit my purse and phone in whenever I'm out and about - As usually I have my go-to tote bag or backpack. Of course, since I've also been obsessed with yellow, this bag from H&M was perfect for me, and didn't cost an awful lot compared to others on the high street that I'd found. The brightness of the colour is perfect for spring and summer, and the sizing of the bag is just right for what I needed.

   Styling such a bright bag may seem a little daunting at first, but I've put together some simple outfits to give some inspiration. The first is more of a city-style, tailored look, that with a blazer could even work for a smarter, business look. Beginning with the trousers, the dark, forest green works really well against the yellow bag, as I always love a good colour clash. For the rest of the outfit I've then kept it simple with a monochrome button-up shirt, detailed with a small love heart pattern. As a finishing touch I then decided to throw on my classic fedora hat; which I haven't worn in so long, but I do miss very much. Me and my fedora used to be inseparable a few years ago, but now I find that I don't wear hats as much as I used to, but I'm determined to change that. All together, this outfit shows you how to clash a little colour in your attire, but also keeping it simple with the accents of monochrome.


   The next outfit sees a much simpler take on monochrome styling, for this I'm showing you how such a basic black and white outfit can be made that little bit more special with a pop of bright colour from the yellow bag. Accessories like sunglasses also work really well here, matching up the accents of gold on the bag's hardware. This look would probably be more suited to the warmer weather, which we've actually had in the UK this week, as the material is light-weight perfect for casual wear. If you did want to go a little more extra with this look, a bold, graphic tee would totally work too. Hopefully here I've been able to give you some ideas on how to style such a bright accessory, and encourage you to add more colour into your wardrobe this season!


 O U T F I T   O N E

Dark Green Paperbag Trousers - Pull&Bear (Similar)

Love Heart Shirt - H&M (Other)

Fedora Hat - Forever 21 (Similar)

Clear Lens Glasses - Primark (Similar)


O U T F I T   T W O

Long Sleeved White T-Shirt - Boohoo Man

Striped Wide Leg Trousers - George @ ASDA (Similar)

Sunglasses - Zaful


Yellow Shoulder Bag - H&M

Saturday, 14 April 2018

   With my acting headshots just around the corner, looking after my skin is key, as it should be all the time. After winter, my skin always seems quite dull and dry, and so when spring comes around it's important for me to change up some products and revitalise my routine. After using Clinique for so long, I wanted to try something else, a little simpler, and go back to my basics of skincare. For that I took to the Body Shop for their Aloe Vera range - As I knew this wouldn't irritate my skin, and hopefully calm down any redness that I get. In the mornings, I'll usually use their cream cleanser, which not only softly cleanses the skin, but maintains some moisture as it's not a gel cleanser. Following up from that, I'll spritz some of the Aloe Vera toner using a pump spray, which you can easily buy from eBay or re-use another spray bottle. The toner doesn't necessarily have a drastic effect on my skin, I'd just like to think that it refreshes and helps calm the skin too.

   After cleansing, toning, the last step is of course to moisturise, and that goes for all skin types (Even oily types like mine). My moisturiser has been this one from La Roche-Posay, a cult beauty favourite for some time, although I only began using it for the first time over Christmas. I'd say that for combination / oily skin types, this moisturiser is great as it has a gel base, and so soaks into the skin quickly. This can also be worn underneath make up, so I tend to skip primer most days. Overtime with religious use, I think that it has improved the appearance of my skin, although my pores don't seem changed at all. In the evenings, the only cleanser I'll regularly use is Superfacialist's Vitamin C Oil, something that I've talked about on the blog before HERE. But to sum it up, I'll use this oil to remove any make up, or generally cleanse my skin. Because it's an oil, my skin doesn't feel stripped of any moisture either, although sometimes I will follow up with a Superfacialist Rose Scrub if needed.

   Now as a weekly treat, I'll sometimes use a face mask depending on what my skin may need. At the moment I'm obsessed with sheet masks, and these ones from Garnier have been used most. Nowadays though, if you were to walk into Boots or Superdrug, most skincare brands have some form of sheet mask. These from Garnier though are for different needs, including hydration and soothing the skin. They may seem a little daunting at first, but give it fifteen minutes, and these things can work some serious magic.



La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo+ - Boots

Aloe Calming Cream Cleanser - The Body Shop

Aloe Calming Toner - The Body Shop

Superfacialist Vitamin C+ Cleansing Oil - Boots

Vitamin E Moisture Sleeping Mask - The Body Shop

Garnier Sheet Masks - Boots

Saturday, 17 March 2018

   Yes, it's finally happening, I'm getting one step closer to being as cool as Dua Lipa. Well, kinda - With my H&M stripes this look became more Parisian than expected. For this make up look though, I'm taking what seems to be one of her simpler, everyday looks, with natural, dewy skin, eye liner, signature bold brows, and a nude lip. To be honest, this wasn't too complicated to re-create, and most people will have these (if not similar) make up products at home too. As always, I'm no professional here, and this look is very much different to my own - Trust me, the brows are something to get used to. But I have rather missed wearing eye liner, as I'm mostly a mascara girl now, and so I may have to start up my winged eyes again after this. 



P R O D U C T S  U S E D 

Bourjois Happy Light Luminous Serum Primer

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation (1.1 N)

Bourjois Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer (51 Light Radiance)

NYX High Definition Blush (Taupe)

Soap&Glory Glow All Out Highlighting Powder (Shimmer Switch)

Make Up Revolution The One Blush Stick (Dream)



Urban Decay Ultimate Naked Basics Palette (Faith, Tempted and Blackjack)

Glossier Boy Brow

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (Trooper Black)

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara



NYX Lip Lingerie (03 Lace Detail)

MAC Lipstick (Creme Cup)

Saturday, 10 March 2018

   In the past year, it would seem that I've become a little obsessed with scents, and my collection started to grow because of it. Whether it was high street or high end, I'd gathered myself a fair few bottles of perfumes and sprays, which isn't the worst thing in the world (As I'd never smell too bad!). After finally running them down, I'd got myself a few empties, so what better way to share them with you? A few of these scents also have personal meaning to me as well, which is always lovely to remember, as a scent can bring many memories with it.


DKNY BE DELICIOUS

   This scent truly reminds me of my early teen years, as it was one of the first 'proper' perfumes that I'd started to wear. From a young age I've totally been in love with New York, and so you can see why this was one of my faves. The apple-shaped packaging is unique to the brand, and it's signature scent will always be memorable for me. I'd say the scent itself is quite fruity and sweet, but in a mature way - So it's nothing too sickly sweet, and is perfect for someone wanting a first 'grown-up' scent to wear everyday.

GUCCI BAMBOO

   Unlike Be Delicious, this scent from Gucci is definitely more of an older scent. I'd received this as a birthday gift, and was delighted to try my first higher-end perfume. First of all, the packaging is pretty beautiful, with the sleek shaping of the bottle and chrome, bamboo top. The scent has mainly floral notes, with some sweetness, but in a sexy, sophisticated way. I'd always get complements when wearing this, however sadly with a Gucci price tag, I don't think that this will be a regular purchase for me. Although, this would be perfect as an evening scent, and something to treat yourself with. For me, I'll always remember this scent as one were I left my teen years behind me.

SOAP&GLORY MIST YOU MADLY

   Now, if you're more on a budget, then Soap&Glory will always be my go-to for high street scents. I've talked about this too many times to count on my blog, but Soap&Glory truly are the best here, as their perfumes are easily accessible to buy, cheap, and last a fairly long time (Unless you're a serial sprayer like myself). This original scent from them has been in my collection since high school, and with it being more of a body spray, it feels much fresher and can be easily travelled with if you need a top-up. The scent has much stronger floral notes, which can be hit and miss with some, but if you love their original body butters then you'll love this.

SOAP&GLORY SUGAR CRUSH FRAGRANCE MIST

   Carrying on with my Soap&Glory love affair, their Sugar Crush scent is by far my favourite. I'd first purchased the same scent but in their body spray form, and then realised that it also came in a fancier, glass bottle version too. As a gift, I'd be more than happy to receive this, and I will say a bottle this size can last for a fair few months. As you'd expect, this scent is sweet and fruity, reminding me of summer holidays and mojitos. With notes of vanilla and lime, this is an amazing scent for summer, but with its low price tag, you'd definitely be able to afford this all year round if you wanted to.