Thursday, 19 March 2015

The number one makeup item around at the moment!

This week I have focused my attention largely on discovering the best eye shadow around at the moment.  For a while now I have been struggling to find eye shadows that not only compliment my skin tone and bring out my eyes, but are also long lasting! 

Although I found that MAC eye shadows were extremely good for everyday makeup looks ranging from daywear to nightwear... I have always thought that they took a lot of effort to perfect, what with blending etc.  Instead I wanted to find something that would take seconds to do with minimal effort required, but would look incredible once applied.

This week I ventured out to Space NK and was instantly hooked at the By Terry counter, which conveniently at the front of the store!  I had heard of the By Terry brand before, but had never looked at the makeup products up close.  So this was a real treat indeed!  I straight away focused on their shadows as that was my main priority and the moment I gazed, I knew I had finally found the product that would complete my makeup collection.  And that item is none other than the By Terry Ombré black star shadow stick! 

This product is amazing... No wait that's an understatement - this product is incredible!  Not only does it look aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but it also goes on like a dream!  You see, the By Terry range are made up of a formula which is comprised mainly of Tahitian black pearls, which make the shadow smudge and smear free... What's not to like? 

This eye shadow is of a cream consistency, meaning that it not only gives great coverage but is also very soft to the skin, therefore smoothing out all the creases of the lid area.  I've always used powdered shadows which have seemed to dissolve into the creases of my eyes - meaning loss of colour after a couple of hours.  The amount of times I would reapply shadow in a day was insane and so I knew that it was time for a change! 

The shadow stick is in the shape of a pen which is perfect for popping into your makeup bag.  Plus, it means that it will not break if your bag falls onto the floor , as the shadow is encased with a hard felt tip shell, giving it full protection.  I cannot tell you how much of a bonus that is!  Also, the item is so easy to use, that you only need one single stroke to fully apply it to your lids.

However, if you do want to build the colour up and blend this shadow in, it is also perfect for that too, even for making a smokey eye!  Lastly, the creamy shadow is extremely long lasting, which means that you only really need to apply it to your eyes once and it will stay on for up to ten hours... It just ticks all the right boxes! 

I was utterly spoilt for choice when I saw them, as they come in eleven different shades:- 

1.  Black Pearl
2.  Blond Opal
3.  Misty Rock
4.  Frozen Quartz
5.  Black Matte
6.  Brown Perfection 
7.  Blue Obsession 
8.  Ombré Mercure
9.  Velvet Orchid 
10.  Midnight Forest 
11.  Beyond Gold

After a while of trying on the numerous shades, I opted for the gorgeous colour called 'Misty a Rock'.

'Misty Rock', is a fabulous colour for everyday makeup, as it has a pink/mauve tone to it and the shimmer that it creates is so feminine!  Although the sticks are quite expensive, you must think of them as an investment piece, rather than an every day buy, as they not only look beautiful once applied, but they also last a very long time - you definitely get your money's worth! 

So there you have it - this is my weeks favourite purchase and is the best eyeshadow around!  Go to your nearest Space NK branch and try them out for yourself.

Go on... I dare you!

M x

Monday, 16 March 2015

SS15 - All the trends you need to know with just a glance!

It's official my fashion friends... Spring is finally here!  I have already noticed a difference in the weather - thank goodness for that!  There are so many celebrations to be had too, what with Mother's Day on the 15th and Easter towards the end of the month... Making it a pretty busy time for all!

Although eating chocolate is one of the highlights of March, (believe me, I am over the moon with the idea of gorging on Easter eggs), what really excites me, is finding out the new spring summer ranges for the year!  I find it such a thrill to discover new colours, fabrics, patterns and shapes that I have never tried before, as well as keeping up to date with the respective trends that are going on.

So with that said, I would like to pass my knowledge onto you, in the vain hope that you will want to recreate the looks yourself or even incorporate the trends into your next shop!

So, I think that's enough about me, here is a breakdown of the SS15 trends and some items that I have found in the local high street stores that I think I would be perfect for anyone's wardrobes!

1.  Floral print

Dress:  Monsoon £149 

2.  Wide legged trousers 

Trousers:  H&M 

3.  Culottes 

Culottes:  H&M

4.  Summer coats 

Printed summer coat:  Oasis £50 

5.  Lace detailing

Lace dress:  Warehouse £45

6.  Maxi dresses 

Maxi dress:  Monsoon 

7.  Nautical 

Shirt:  H&M 

8.  Utility 

Utility dress:  Jigsaw £198 

9.  Printed trousers 

Printed trousers:  Topshop £39

10.  Knitted tunics 

Knitted tunic:  H&M

11.  Nude tones 

Nude dress:  Miss Selfridge £30

Now that you have read what respective trends are going to be prominent this season, I really hope that this has come in handy for you and that you have a wonderful time creating new looks. 

Enjoy the sunshine! 

M x 


Wednesday, 11 March 2015

Colour co-ordination is key!

For a while now I have always wanted to wear colours that blend really well together.  I think it has something to do with the fact that my favourite designers (Chanel, Gucci and Valentino), have always  portrayed their collections with bold and rich accessories that co-ordinate with the clothes effortlessly!  Also, being a lover of the high street, I always strive to find key pieces that will complement my outfits and therefore make them look more expensive and classy!

With that said, on Monday I had a bit of a shopping spree where I bought long waistcoats, cardigans and blazers, that I can wear now in spring and also next winter as well!

One of the items I purchased was a long boyfriend blazer from H&M in a strong cognac/tan colour.


Blazer:  £24.99 from H&M

I was instantly drawn to the colour, as tan is so versatile - what with it complimenting black, brown, cream, khaki and burgundy, (which are all the colours that I mainly wear on a day to day basis).  The style of the blazer is of a "boyfriend" cut, which means that it is unconstructed in shape and is longer in length than a usual standard blazer - making it the ideal shape for Apple and Pear body types!


I chose to wear this with a staple shirt, leggings and boots for a smart look.  To add a bit of texture, I also incorporated my faux-fur stole to wear around my neck like a scarf.  It not only adds another shade of colour to the outfit, it also gives another dimension to the overall look, making it more formal and chic! 

Finding the perfect blazer is so rewarding, because not only are they useful but they also last a very long time too!  I absolutely cannot wait to experiment further with this spring blazer and I thoroughly recommend to you all that you do the same! 

Happy styling everyone! 

M x

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