Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Monochrome Wishlist


coat / skirt / jumperdress / bag / necklace / boots

I'm a lover of monochrome all the time, but Autumn/Winter season just means I get to embrace it even more! I've been doing a little but of online window shopping now that payday is looming, and there are (as always) so many lovely things I feel like I need for the upcoming months.

I do have a slight addiction with coats and the one I have my eye on at the moment is quite a statement but it's still really smart. Because it's black and white, it will go with so many things, dressed up or down I think it will be really versatile. I love the large houndstooth check pattern and the big collar - it will fit right into my wardrobe! Here's a plus size alternative from One Stop Plus, if you're curious.

One thing I don't have many of is skirts, I'm usually more of a dress girl but the little leather number has really caught my eye. I love the quirky drawstring which gives it quite a casual feel, I'd style it up with a chunky knit jumper, some thick tights and boots.

Speaking of chunky knit jumpers, how perfect is this patterned one?! I've actually been and eyed this one up in real life and it's even more amazing up close. It's really thick but still soft and just looks so cosy - ideal to go with the skirt!

The dress I've included in the wishlist is very 'me'. A really easy to wear, day to night kind of dress. I love the check print and think this would look amazing with a leather jacket and ankle boots for a night out with the girls. For a plus size option , try this one from Dbeth.

Onto accessories, I'm loving this tote bag so much. The mixture of fabrics and textures is very in this Autumn and I like that it has silver hard wear rather than gold. Not only is this beautiful, it's a great size making it really practical - I think I need this in my life!

When it comes to jewellery I think you need to go big or don't bother, and this beauty is a real statement piece. It would really bling up a simple outfit like a white tee with the leather skirt and completely change how the outfit looks. 

Lastly, the boots are one of my favourite things in this wishlist. I'm always drawn to big, kind of ugly shoes, I think they're really flattering because they make your legs look thinner and they're usually super comfy. The thick sole and chunky heel are ideal for the Winter - there won't be any slipping in the snow in these.
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Sunday, 19 October 2014

Sanctuary Spa 7 Day Moisture Miracle Oil Balm

Sanctuary Spa 7 Day Moisture Miracle Oil Balm

Now that the cold weather has well and truly set in, the wind, rain and cold temperatures get to work on our skin, drying it out, making it sore, chapping our lips - it's not a good look. Every Winter I up my moisturising routine, I change my skincare, reaching for more balms and oils than usual and go through endless amounts of lip balm.

A product that has worked its way into my routine this year is this oil balm from Sanctuary Spa. The name of the product was enough to sell it to me, I'm loving balms at the moment... it feels as though they didn't really exist until maybe a year or so ago (although I'm sure they did) but recently I've been using balms for everything! 

This is a multi purpose product which can be used on hands, feet, heels, elbows, your face... anywhere you need a little moisture. The consistency is very thick, but a little goes a very long way as once it's applied it transforms from a balm into an oil on the skin, which sinks in really quickly and gives some instant relief to sore, dry areas. It feels really luxurious to use, and as it contains ingredients including Beeswax, Shea Butter and 7 precious oils, you know it's doing your skin some good.
It leaves the skin really soft to touch and smells like a typical Sanctuary Spa product smells, quite herbal but not overpowering. 

The results of the balm claim to last up to seven days, but I have been using it every two-three days on my feet, knees and elbows after showering and just as I have felt necessary on my hands and anywhere else, which definitely hasn't been as regular as any other hand cream I have used in the past.

The sleek packaging means I can easily throw this into my handbag to carry around for whenever I need it, and I've also had a few of my friends give it a go - it's become quite a talking point!
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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Essie Naughty Nautical & Bikini So Teeny


When it comes to nail polish in the colder months, I try not to worry too much about sticking with darker colours on my nails. I still wear nude shades and even wear the odd brighter polish. 
Most recently I've been mixing things up with Essie's Naughty Nautical and Bikini So Teeny.

When it comes to Essie, not only do I love the names of their polishes (could they be any cuter?) but the formulas are great and the colour selection is even greater!
I have heard a few people say that Essie polishes chip pretty quickly, which I have found, but it's nothing a decent base and top coat won't fix, so don't let it put you off.
Without a top coat they are still really glossy and have a perfect, opaque finish to them on the nails.

Naughty Nautical is the shade I have on my nails at the moment, it's a glossy seaside green shade (although some may argue it's more of a turquoise blue) with a subtle shimmer running through it, the perfect statement shade for nails which will suit any skin tone.

Bikini So Teeny is a beautiful cornflower blue, which just so happens to be my favourite colour, so the fact that I can wear it on my nails is great - it's a colour I have looked for, for years, always finding similar shades which have never been quite what I was looking for, but this is perfect.
On different skin tones this comes across as slightly different shades, on me it's a little lighter than it shows on the swatch, whereas on darker skin it can appear brighter.
This is a little more Summery than Naughty Nautical but I've still been rocking it, just because I love it so much!

These polishes are available individually or in a cute little twin set, perfect for a present (or just a treat to yourself!)
Are you a fan of Essie?
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