Monday, 3 August 2015

#MaxiDressToImpress With Miss Selfridge

 Maxi Dress / Kimono / Sandals: Miss Selfridge | Watch: Olivia Burton | Rings: Primark

When I was challenged by Miss Selfridge to style one of their maxi dresses in their #MaxiDressToImpress campaign, I couldn't wait to choose a dress and get started with accessorising. 
It took me a while to whittle down all of the beautiful maxi dresses and choose the one I loved the most, but when I spotted this beauty in my local store and realised it was even more special in real life than it looked online, I knew it was the one.

Maxi dresses are a must have for me every Summer, they're so easy to wear, so comfortable and versatile and they really do look great. Every time I go away, there's always a couple of maxis in my case either to throw on over my bikini, to wear wandering round in the daytime sun or to dress up with some chunky wedges for nighttime.

I always sway towards black, grey and white... a definite monochrome girl at heart, but I actually don't own many white dresses, which surprises me because I do believe they are a real wardrobe staple for Summer - every girl needs one. This is the perfect choice; the aztec pattern on the mesh overlay is subtle but edgy and really adds something special to the dress, the cut out detailing on the back is really pretty and eye-catching, the fact that it's from the petite range and fits me perfectly (no trailing on the floor gets a thumbs up from me!), the way the white fabric makes even me look tanned(!) and the ability to style in so many ways.

If I wasn't so consciously putting this outfit together in my head when I picked it out online, I would have just chosen to wear it with my leather jacket and some chunky gladiator sandals, but I really wanted to step away from the black and white colour palette that is 'so me', for a change. I love the print and the colours of the kimono so much, they warm the look, make it much more versatile for daytime and give it a festival/boho girly edge... if I was on my way to V Fest, all I'd need would be some flowers in my hair and I'd be good to go!
The peachy colours in the kimono match perfectly with the rose gold caged sandals I chose to complete the look, which add to the comfort and ease of the entire outfit... I just need the sun to hang around a little bit longer so I can get plenty of wear out of everything.

How do you like to style your maxis?
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Sunday, 26 July 2015

Trend Summer 2015 - Orange Makeup

Who would have thought that my makeup choices for this Summer are all orange?!
After developing a huge crush on Mac's Costa Chic last year, I've really expanded my orange collection. 

Sticking with the lips, I'm still loving Costa Chic but I've also been loving the L'Oreal L'Extraordinaire liquid lipstick in 'Tangerine Sonate' and Barry M Lip Paint in shade 54
The L'Oreal offering is really highly pigmented and bright, so you have to be feeling quite sassy to wear this one. It looks so good though and is perfect for nights out, or to take on holiday to rock with a golden tan. The formula is really creamy and moisturising on the lips, and the doe foot applicator makes it really easy to apply... this actually started my obsession with liquid lipsticks, they'e lthe ideal inbetween for those who don't get on with lip glosses but are looking for something a bit more dramatic or luxurious.
I'm sure most of you have given Barry M Lip Paints a try in the past, and I had actually tarnished the idea of these for myself after a few disaster colour choices back in the early days of blogging (121 and 154 anyone?!) but after trying a few of the good shades  (this orange and a bright red in particluar) I've come to realise that some of the Lip Paints have a completely different formula to those drying ones we used to love. In the bullet this shade does look a little scary, but when applied right (I like to blot it down slightly, or apply with a lip balm underneath) it looks beautiful, especially with a contoured or bronzed complexion and simple eye makeup, for such a bargain price, this is definitely the budget orange lip to try!

If you're not quite brave enough for orange lips, cheeks are the way to go. I recently used up the last of my all time favourite orange/coral blush; Benefit Coralista, but as I'm trying to save and not be so flash with the cash, I'm replacing it with two other beauties, both of the cream variety.
Benefit Majorette is one I've been using lots wether applied alone or with a powder blush ontop, it's a lovely matte orange shade which surprisingly to me at first, really suits my pale skin. It applies as a cream, and blends into a subtle powder-esque blush which can be layered up for a more intense flash of colour.
The other is Illamasqua 'Rude' Cream Blush, a much glossier option, which again can be built up to give a really bright colour payoff on the skin. This is my favourite for night time, I like to wear it with a tan, or really bronzed skin, a simple smokey eye, nude lip and lashings of this on the cheeks, it gives such a fresh, glowy finish and the colour is just stunning.

And finally if you're not so into the orange makeup, you can still join in the fun with orange nails... I've been known to rock a neon in my time, but my favourites at the moment are from No7 and Angelica.
The No7 polish is a bright coral/red toned orange, which is gorgeous for Summer on the fingers or the toes and I have to mention that the formula on this polish (and any No7 shade I have tried) is one of the best, it lasts ages without chipping and the colour payoff is always perfect with two coats at most.
Angelica's orange polish is called 'Apricot' and is the perfect brightly toned pastel peach shade, which is really on trend right now. This is a really affordable brand, you can usually pick up a huge variety of colours in Primark stores and for the price, the quality of the polish itself really does tick all the boxes.

Are you into the orange makeup trend this season?
Let me know if there are any products I need to try next!

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Saturday, 18 July 2015

Brand Focus: KORE Skincare

Ever since I started reading beauty blogs and blogging myself, I have become a little bit of a skincare junkie. Whenever a new product hits the shelves, I have to know more about it and usually end up giving it a try, so when I heard about KORE; a new skincare brand, I couldn't wait to see what they had to offer.
I was sent a luxury starter travel pack to test out, which contains seven miniatures from the collection. I've been using them for a month or so now, to get a real feel for the products and I really couldn't wait any longer to tell you all about the range.

KORE Skincare originates from Australia, and is created using a unique blend of ingredients based on scientific research. It works to prevent premature signs of ageing on the skin (it's never too early ladies!) and importantly to me and hopefully yourselves, it's cruelty free.
The products focus on restoring the skins healthy texture and regenerating a healthy appearance for the skin.

The pack of seven miniatures I have been using isn't available to buy, but it does come free with any orders over £100 on the KORE skincare website.

Foaming Cleanser: This cleanser is really gentle on the skin and moisturising, which is definitely a bonus as I find a lot of cleansers leave my skin feeling quite tight. It smells really good and foams up slightly while removing the majority of my makeup with ease. The cleanser has lots of benefits including enhancing cell renewal and boosting the skin's own defence mechanism.

Revitalising Toner: Another lovely smelling product, this smells really fresh and clean and also refreshes the skin when used. It's really cooling and feels great as a quick perk me up in my morning skincare routine, always leaving my skin feeling great. The toner refines pores, enhances the skins elasticity and removes dirt, excess oil and makeup.

Gentle Exfoliator: I have sensitive skin and this exfoliator really lives up to it's gentle name and is ideal for me to use on a regular basis, although I do like a really tough scrub every now and again. The particles in this are really fine and it feels like it's looking after my skin at the same time as buffing away any impurities. This works to allow the growth of new cells, remove blockage and improve skin tone.

Intensive Serum: This serum goes a long way, I have only been using a tiny amount and it sinks in really quickly. It contains Vitamin E which protects the skin from UV light and pollution, it's designed to combat premature signs of ageing and protects against dehydration - great for us dry skinned girls.

Restorative Day Cream: I don't usually wear day cream, but I found this worked as a wonderful base underneath my primer when applying my makeup. It is quite oily, so maybe wouldn't be great for people who don't suffer from dryness, but for me, I really liked it. It has a texture unlike anything else I have ever used and smells gorgeous. It helps to boost the production of collagen, brighten the appearance of sun damaged skin and the antioxidant formula reduces and prevents free radical damage to the skin cells.

Optimal Repair Cream: I've been wearing this cream underneath the serum at night, as it is a more intensive treatment. I find when I wake up my skin feels really soft and nourished... it's definitely doing something good! It contains wheat and soy protein which plump the skin and again fight those signs of early ageing.

Repairing Eye Cream: This was the only product I was a little wary about trying, as I have so many problems with sensitive skin around my eyes. I started out using a tiny amount, and found it really cooling on the skin, and I actually enjoyed wearing it. It hydrates my under eye area and works to help remove dark circles and puffiness. I thought this would be the one thing that didn't get used, but it's actually one of my favourites from the set.

For anyone looking for anti-ageing products or wanting to introduce something new into their skincare routine, I would definitely recommend giving these a go, I'm really impressed.

In full size, the packaging of the products is really sleek and classy with the purple and white colour scheme, they definitely wouldn't look out of place on a high end counter... as soon as my mini's run out, I'll definitely be adding a few in full size to my skincare cupboard.
Have you tried KORE Skincare before?

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