Time for a break

Time for a break

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As I write this on my first day off since early January, , a good old easter break is definitely what the doctor ordered. For me it always tend to be this time of year when things all start to get a bit hectic. Deadlines start coming in thick an fast and work get busier so relaxing evenings in front of Iplayer with (you guessed it) a bowl of Weetabix become a thing of the past. Despite the fact I wouldn’t want it any other way, feeling knackered can become a every day occurrence and if you have an immune system like mine then it won’t be long until you get the mother of all colds that won’t just bugger off. 

Any workaholics like myself will know that when you start getting your teeth into a new project or venture it will be all that you think about and will start to take over everything that you do. Free time will become a thing of the past and all you waking hours will be filled with sending emails and catching up on that massive backlog of work.

When a similar thing happened at the end of December last year, my trip to the lake district in January was exactly what I needed in order to get away from busy city life, recuperate and have a good old rest. With the easter break closely approaching I am excited for being able to do exactly that all over again! It can definitely be hard sometimes to let your self stop worrying and try and so absolutely nothing (I imagine I will never be that far away from my emails) but if I have learnt anything recently it is that in order to be able to work effectively and productively you need to allow yourself a little bit of a rest.  

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Sparkly Leopards

Sparkly Leopards

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Yep now theres a title you weren’t expecting. Maybe just put it down to the fact I am running on very little sleep. There may not be any bejewelled wildlife in this post however I have ended up wearing something sparkly and leopard print at the same time and not on the way to a fancy dress party. How very un-me! I don’t tend to be one for a sparkle, at the risk of looking too much like the cross between a christmas tree and and my 5 year old self at a birthday party however in my new found urge to dress a big more adventurously (even if I have stayed within the realms of my beloved black)  

Before christmas in the shops you couldn’t move for sparkly knits and shear tops which despite my best efforts to make it work it always lead to me feeling far to dresses up. However some small corner of my brain  decided after spotting this lovely little number in & Other Stories that now is the time that finally mix up an effectively all black look with a bit of sparkle. The party season with all its glitz and glamour may be long behind us however thats no excuse for not being able to throw a touch of sparkle occasionally (seems a leopard does change its spots ;)

The fact that I’m wearing sparkles and leopard print has some how managed to distract from the fact I also wearing frayed kick flare jeans, another item that when I first saw in the shops I thought I would never be seen wearing. Denim is something that I have spent most of my life living in. From the bog standard black skinny jeans which have head my heart for many years to the classic mom jean which have become my new found love. However more recently I have been trying to be a little more adventurous within my denim choices. First seen within my Life in a Leather Jacket post last year wearing my beloved 2 tone mom jeans I’ve now followed the crowd into the realms of the kick flare. Part of me still isn’t a huge fan but after seeing these on Carrie from WishWishWish I was persuaded to give them a go and turns out, I love them! Being Asos own brand they were never going to break the bank on a piece which is probably only going to be a short term trend piece. 

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The season for stripes

The season for stripes

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When all else fails…

When all else fails…

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We all have one of those pieces in our wardrobe, the thing when the rest of your clothes are lying unloved and rejected on the floor after a manic “I have nothing to wear” session that we reach for time and time again. Be this in the form of a massive fluffy jumper, an old pair of Levis which have probably seen a few world wars in their time or a classic little black dress, we all have them tucked away somewhere.

Despite all of these being very much on my panic dressing hit list the one item which has reigned above all since its purchase has been this lovely vintage black velvet dress. It may be cheesy to say it but  with it being black, a shirt dress and vintage its pretty much me in velvety goodness dress form.  The £9 price tag also makes it all that bit sweeter with the cost per wear probably now being less than a tin of beans (and I don’t even mean fancy old Heinz).

With any completely black outfit I always try and throw in a splash of colour somewhere and this beautiful suede bag did just the trick. All my thrifting powers were put to good use with this look with managing to pic this bag up for a couple of pounds in a charity ship. With its angular hexagon shape (seems I learnt something in GCSE Maths) it adds a geometric edge to a pretty piece and adds another spot of interest.

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Those matchy matchy vibes

Those matchy matchy vibes

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You know those days as a girl (sorry boys) when you actually manage to end up wearing an exactly matching set of underwear and you actually feel like you are winning at life and could take on the world? Now I wish I could say this was one of those days but without giving too much away, with my rather undesirable underware collection, mostly consisting of massive granny knickers (Bridget would be proud!) leave these days rather few and far between. However how could anyone not miss the opportunity to match their lipstick colour with their outfit?

Now I know this will come as a massive shock to all and at the risk of repeating myself for the 100th time but shirt dresses and bright lipsticks are near enough the only 2 things I ever wear. This maroon one was a new addition for me this summer. Its near enough a carbon copy of a black one which I have had and worn to death over the past few years so what better way to introduce some more colour to my wardrobe. The ultimate matching lipstick was the lovely Love Liberty from Charlotte Tilbury. I spoke more in-depth about this lipstick in my review of it linked here. I may have had a some what love hate relationship with this lipstick in the past but you can not deny how perfectly it works for this look.

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SPOTLIGHT ON: My everyday makeup rountine

SPOTLIGHT ON: My everyday makeup rountine

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So with my whole blogging thing starting off after being inspired from reading various different fashion and beauty blogs, and with the fashion section taking shape I thought it is about time to turn my hand to beauty.

I am someone who is definatly a drug store lover through and hating spending money on make up, trying to make the mascara last as long as feasibly possible with the dread of having to buy a new one. You defiantly won’t see me spending the equivalent of 2 weeks food shop on a foundation. Also as a creature of habit and a lover of a routine when it comes to makeup, most mornings consist of the same combination of products with most likely a change of lipstick. With this being defiantly my most worn look, here is a post all about my everyday makeup routine. 

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Foundation, concealer and powder 

Face

Foundation (and also concealer and setting power) products were always something that I tried to scrimp on thinking that with them hopefully not being very visible on the skin whats the point of spending lots of money on them. But after hearing so many rave reviews about the L’oreal True Match foundation and claims it was better than some high end ones I had to give it a try. By the fact I on I think my 3rd of 4th bottle of the stuff can tell you that it is defiantly my favourite foundation. Since first buying it I have tried a few other foundations from Bourjois and other L’oreal ones however I still find that this one works the best at covering what you want it to cover but not being to heavy on the skin and feel too cakey. Now as I have heard many people have despite it being called true match before they recently brought out their larger range and different formular there was never one which really matched my skin properly. But now with one of their new shades I think I have found my true match. (cheesy ending :P) 

Now this concealer is defiantly an oldy but a still goody. I remember buying it years ago generally just because it was cheap, but despite trying many others from different brands over the years the Collection lasting perfection concealer has always been the one I have come back to with it simply doing the best job as a all round concealer. 

Now I’m really no expert for power with it tending to be the thing I bulk up my boots 3 for 2 offers with knowing that it will probably be fine. However when I did get the Bourjois healthy balance power I did know there was some hype about it being rather good.  

I’d heard a lot about the whole Bourjois healthy balance range so as I said with being drawn in with a 3 for 2 purchased the powder and the foundation (and obviously something else).  Despite not being that fussed about the foundation I have been happy with this powder with it doing all the good things that powder does (see told you I know nothing about power) 

Blush

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Blusher was something I can to rather late in the makeup game with always thinking that my cheeks get red enough on their own after just walking up a flight of stairs without piling on ready made pink cheeks over the top of that. But when I realised more muted tones of blush exists that can also work partly as a contor shade. This Rimmel London blusher in the shade Santa Rose is currently what I am using. I was defiantly looking for a budget blush at the time with buying this with wanting to get the No7 blush I had previously used but couldnt qualify spending that much money. Its a good enough shade for what I want. I don’t particularly like very girly pink/peachy blushes with preferring to go more for a more dusky pink like this one is to be able to slightly contour with it too. It does have a slight shimmer in it which I’m not keen one but it will do for the time being. 

Eye liner 

Eye liner

Eye liner for me has become an every day must have. Its one of those very simple and effective eye makeup looks without spending far too much time blending shadows into shadows into shadows. For me i’ve found the type that works best is felt tips with them being quick and easy to apply and no faffing around with brushes. The one that I am currently using is the L’oreal super liner perfect slim. Ive tried others from brands such as soap and glory and Rimmel which have been perfectly decent but in terms of precision of application and staying power, this one defiantly comes out top of the pile. With this having a very fine nib to it you are able to get a very precise line right next to the lash line and a nice pointy flick. It also seems to last a surprisingly long time without drying out so all in all I won’t be switching from this one for a while.  

Mascara

Mascara

Now with having tried many a different mascaras over the years with never usually purchasing the same one twice in order to get a range of different products. 

With being a student and my budget remaining drug store for, my holy grail product of the Clinque high impact full volume mascara which a debenhams gift card enabled purchase for me. When it comes down to the drug store i don’t think I have ever found the perfect mascara with the volumising ones I tend to go for all being rather similar. But more recently I have tended to stick more with L’oreal with finding that it seems to be a all round good brand . Im currently using the volume million lashes feline mascar and am very pleased with the results it gives. I remember years ago the release of the volume million lashes and everyone going wild for it but not having the funds it was always out of my price range. But from trying the original and now this one I can see what all the fuss was about and that it is a very good product. 

Lipstick

Lipstick

Now I know I said I was a drug store lover through and through and that is defiantly the case, but we all have our weaknesses and for me it happens to lie within the lipstick department. 

Mac you just can’t dismiss with their incredible colour range and varieties of finish. For me it will always be a matte finish with wanting to be able to put lipstick on and not feel it slipping and sliding and making my lips feel sticky.  Of the ones I’ve tried their matte formulas great with not being too drying and very long lasting on the lips. This lipstick is perfect at being able to put on and forget about and rely on the fact that even if you do eat the big sandwich for lunch it will still remain in place after. The shade mehr which I am wearing here is defiantly my most used lipstick that I own and as you can see it won’t be long until I finish this. I find it to be the perfect everyday pink with it being a noticeably darker than your lips shade but not being a bold bright pink. There was never a doubt in my mind that this was going to be a repurchasing product with it being on my lips pretty much everyday.

Products 

Foundation – L’oreal true match  

Concealer – Collection lasting perfection 

Blusher – Rimmel 

Mascara – L’oreal volume million lashes feline 

Eye liner – L’oreal super line precision slim 

Lipstick – Mac matte merh 

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