Saturday, 19 May 2018

   I feel as though Nasty Gal don't get as much recognition as they should for their clothing, and before I even watched GirlBoss on Netflix, I associated the brand with a style of clothing that wasn't really for me; which is probably why I never thought to click on for myself. But over the past year my attitude has certainly changed, and now they're one of, if not my favourite online clothing brand. They have some great, quirky pieces, but also some classic staples, as well as winning me over with their range of vegan leather. As well as the products, they're pricing is definitely something to write home about, or in my case write a blog post about. It's cheaper than most high street stores, the only thing you'd have to pay is postage - Although most of the time they have discounts and student deals too. My recent bargain from them were these flare jeans for £10! YES. I'd been after a pair of jeans that weren't my classic MOM style, and this indigo denim won me over even more. The denim itself is super stretchy, so there is room for movement, and their sizing is pretty good too - Considering I have hips that don't lie. As for the rest of this outfit, I fell in love this this pink shirt, as the collar seemed quite 50s to me, but the sleeves gave it a modern twist. I will say that the sleeves still need to win me over, as it's not the most practical style. But I'll do it for the fashion and try to make it work, as I've always loved this shade of pink with my blonde hair.

Pink Shirt - Nasty Gal

'Power' Slogan T-Shirt - Nasty Gal

Denim Flare Jeans - Nasty Gal

Black Heeled Boots - Primark (Similar)

Saturday, 12 May 2018

   A good tailored piece is right up my street, and these trousers from Pull&Bear don't let that style down with their checked pattern and accent of mustard yellow. If you've seen my past blog post HERE, then you'll notice that this yellow has been creeping into my wardrobe more and more. Another staple in my wardrobe, that's been around for a long time, is this suede, 70s-esque jacket, again rather tailored and structured in fit. Along with the high-neck top, I'm feeling this 70s look, almost Stranger Things inspired if I may be so bold to say. To change that up I've then been wearing in these new, bright, white trainers; which are completely out of the norm from my usual style. Apart from sporting purposes, I've never worn a pair of lace-up trainers, especially ones that are blinding and platform. But with the broguing accent on the heel, I'd like to think that these work with more tailored, smarter pieces to dress them down and make it suitable for a casual, weekend look. The sporty-smart style has definitely been seen in the past few months around social media, and I can see why it has taken people's fancies. Perhaps it's not something that I'll adopt everyday, but with the 70s style alongside it, I must say that I've become a fan too.

Brown Suede Jacket - Forever 21 (Similar)

High Neck Mustard Top - Zara (Similar)

Checked Pleated Trousers - Pull&Bear

Mustard Glitter Socks - Topshop

White Platform Trainers - Pull&Bear

Saturday, 5 May 2018

   When thinking about spring make up, my mind suddenly goes to simple, fresh and natural. After the winter season my skin is still recovering from the cold weather, and I need to inject a little glow into my look. My skincare routine has been updated, you can see my full routine HERE, as I do have to give recognition to skincare since I'm sure my skin wouldn't look this good without it - No matter how much liquid highlighter I try to use. The base here is pretty light, as the foundation itself is more for everyday wear with it's light, thin consistency, which is why I don't think I've been using much concealer this month. Underneath the foundation I've also gone back to a liquid highlighter, just to give my skin that little boost that it needs. As always I'll set the make up with a little powder, but for the base I've generally been keeping it minimal to give my skin a breather. My normal brow routine has been featured on this blog time and time again, so I won't go into it too deeply, but a cool-toned brown eye shadow and clear mascara is the perfect combination for me. To finish, I've also returned to curling my lashes; which I don't think I've done in years, but really has made the difference for my flat lashes. Overall, this look surely does save me time when getting ready, and feels super light on the skin which I love.

P R O D U C T S   U S E D

The Ordinary Coverage Foundation (1.1N)

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Pressed Powder

Benefit Cosmetics High Beam

Brows (Clear Mascara and Urban Decay 'Faint' Eye Shadow)

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Nivea Cherry Shine Lip Balm

Saturday, 28 April 2018

   It's been a long-time coming, but it's finally happened. Something you should probably know is that I love Elie Saab, in fact it's my ultimate dream to wear one of her embellished dresses to my own film premiere (I can dream big, ok). And finally I was lucky enough to receive one of her perfumes over Christmas, and have been wearing it sparingly since. Here I have the 50 ml bottle which is their medium sized version, however there are also 30 ml and 90 ml if you want to splash some dollar. Of course, Elie Saab is a high-end designer, and so that is obviously going to reflect this perfume, including it's pricing. But then again, because of that I know that this is a seriously special gift for me too.

   First of all, the packaging, oh my. The glass bottle and coloured perfume reminds me of the vintage, old-school perfumes that you'd see on a night-stand in Paris - Yeah, you know what I mean. I adore the duck egg blue shade, especially with the petal shapes around the lid, creating a sort of flower shape. Overall, I think it's a very classy bottle, and I'm pretty proud to have this on my desk. Even when the dreaded day comes along, and I have to admit that the bottle is empty, I'll probably still have this on show somewhere. 

   Now for the good stuff, the actual scent of the perfume. In the past year or so, I'd say that my scents are maturing, but I'll still have my classic sweet scents which I love too for everyday. Perhaps because I know that this is so special to me, I'll only seem to use it on those 'special' days, rather than a quick spritz when I'm nipping to the shops. The notes seem floral but with a touch of sweetness, with base notes of tonka bean and patchouli along with others like almond and orange blossom. I think that this could work for so many people, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a high-end perfume, perhaps as a gift, or for someone younger who's looking for a mature scent. 

   In terms of use, like I said, I've been using this sparingly but sometimes can't resist. Since having this for about three or four months now, I've managed to use about a quarter of the bottle, so I'm pretty confident that this could last up until summer - Even autumn is I was to be careful. But of course a perfume should be enjoyed, and with it's scent, bottle and appeal, I've got to say that this is becoming one of my new favourites.

Check out Girl of Now by Elie Saab HERE!