Beauty Business | Beauty review/comparison

Beauty Business | Beauty review/comparison

With seeming to get ever more and more into this beauty business (see my catchy new title ;) ) I am delving into the world of product comparisons this time starting off with foundation. With a recent effort to branch away from my dearly loved foundation L’oreal True Match Foundation I decided to try a more ‘high end’ product. Feeling L’oreal is the best from the drug store for me I wanted to see if any higher end one had more to offer. Now your not going to see me buying anything from Channel or anything alike anytime soon (ain’t no body got the pennies for that) so I settled something a bit more mid range. 

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If you want to read fully about the L’oreal true match foundation have a look at my Daily makeup routine blog post linked here

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Benefit’s hello flawless oxygen wow foundation (not sure they gave it a long enough name) being the only one in their range was the one I plumped for. I remember for a long time at school and 6th form, Benefit was the brand which every girl seemed to want to get her hands on. From its mascara’s  to its bronzers it could do no wrong.  With makeup not being largely on my radar back then it was a trend that I plainly ignored (other than the time I brought their Bad Gall Lash Mascara duty free on a ferry on a school trip and lost it after only a week!) So this was the first time I have properly tried out a Benefit product and I was left rather disappointed. 

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One of the reasons I love the L’oreal true match foundation it the weightlessness of the product on the skin. Despite being a medium coverage it’s very light and smooth to apply but has great coverage and will last until the end of the day. However I found the Benefit one a lot thicker and heavier not the skin, leaving it looking rather matte and flat compared to the more glowiness of the L’oreal and surprisingly making my face go rather shiny by then of the day as it wore off. While swatching it in store on my hand it didn’t seemed like a nice consistency however when I applying it I found it quite think, needing a lot to cover your face. Maybe with a moisturiser or primer underneath it would go on better (but all that seems far too complicated for me. 

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Previous to using the L’oreal true match I did tend to use heavier, full coverage foundations from brands like Rimmle and No7, so when first using true match I did find it quite thin. But after using it for a prolonged period of time I realised I didn’t need all those heavyweight foundations and it really was as good as all the hype around it. 

Despite this, I think the main problem I have with the Benefit foundation is that of the shade of it. I was surprised when it seemed I was going to need the lightest shade in the range with usually coming at least 1 or 2 shades below it, but for the supposedly lightest shade its a bit to dark and slightly on the orange side. (To think the sales assistant colour matched me to a shade darker than this.) This I think has been the main of putting feature for me. If it had been the perfect  colour I would have probably got used to the consistency more with it being very similar to old ones I used to use, but with both of them being very different to my norm, it was quite a change. So if your a very light skin tone, this isn’t the one for you. 

As the name should suggest, after hopping round a couple of shades in the L’oreal true match range I have landed on what I think my best match being in N1. I think its hard to say you can ever find your absolute perfect match however this one I think does a pretty good job. 

The Benefit foundation is still one that I will continue to use, especially for days if I need or feel like more heavy coverage, it will be great for, however after already having used about 4 bottles of L’oreal true match, the 5th shall be brought very shortly!

I realise this comparison has been rather Benefit heavy so If you want to read fully about my thought of the L’oreal true match foundation have a look at my Daily makeup routine blog post linked here. 

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Style File – Plain doesn’t have to be boring!

Style File – Plain doesn’t have to be boring!

Instead of the usual wanting/wearing/working post of a week I decided to do something slightly different this week and aim solely down the fashion route. Inspired by my last outfit of the day post where I spoke about how in that I was using one bold key item, being a scarf,  and pairing it with more simpler low key items. As you may be able to tell from looking at some of my previous outfit of the day posts I am very into making 1 main focus point of the outfit like a colourful scarf or some statement shoes or a key on trend piece and keeping the rest quite paired down and plain. This is what I have decided to focus on in this post, how I have chosen these key items and how I would style them.  

Now you may think that that seems rather boring with the majority of an outfit remaining plain but in my mind plain doesn’t always have to mean boring. If you find the right pieces and combine them together you can go from boring to brilliant (think that should be my new catchphrase) 

THE BIG SCARF  

With being a lover of scarfs *cough* has over 40 *cough* (ekk) there is one type of scarf in particular which tickles my fancy the most. The oversized scarf is defiantly my favourite. I defiantly think they can completely change an outfit adding new layers, texture and colours to a look. I also think there great at trying to make an outfit seem put together and styled (or at least covered up whatever outfit you threw together underneath in a very stylish way.)If I could, I would defiantly wear them all year round (now living in Scotland that may well be possible) Now I’m shocked at myself for managing to never have purchased a scarf from Asos in my whole scarf holding lifetime but when it comes down to oversized scarfs, I think they defiantly have it down to a fine art. 

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The one I chose in particular is this woven white blue and yellow one. Now the majority of it may be monochromatic but with the bold yellow and slim blue stripes running through it gives it those bursts of colour to give the scarf interest and make it the focal point of the outfit. I also love the woven look of this scarf, with the black and the cream blending together in there section and making it not just a solid block of black and the cream pattern within the yellow sections giving it that ethnic vibe. Yellow and blue are two colours which go compliment each other very well and are good and easy to style with other colours.

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The styling I have chosen for this look is much like the look on the model to begin with but I have just made some slight changes to add more of an edge to it. To keep it a very casual look I have gone for a pair of light wash ripped denim jeans with a very relaxed boyfriend fit picking out the blue colour from the scarf. I have teamed this with a plain grey baggy T shirt and over the top a thick black and white roll neck jumper. I started off by looking for a plain jumper to go with this scarf but on finding this one I thought the stripped black and white lines within this jumper go well with the black and white within the scarf and gives the outfit a similar but slightly different texture. To finish it off and with the majority of the outfit being quite baggy and boxy, I decided to give it a feminine touch with these tan leather dolly shoes with peep toe detail. With the rest of the outfit being rather wintery I know these aren’t particularly practicle but in those transitional autumn months I don’t see why on a dry day they can’t work.   

Scarf – ASOS http://www.asos.com/Pieces/Pieces-Rosenna-Oversized-Blanket-Scarf/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5425603&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed&CTARef=Recently%20Viewed&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed

Jeans – Hollister http://www.asos.com/Hollister/Hollister-Destroyed-Boyfriend-Jeans/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5474387&cid=3630&sh=0&pge=3&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Medium+blue&totalstyles=772&gridsize=3

Jumper – ASOS http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Jumper-In-Textured-Stripe-With-Funnel-Neck/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5079140&cid=2637&Rf900=1631&sh=0&pge=0&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Navy&totalstyles=393&gridsize=3

Top – Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=grey%2btop&storeId=12556&productId=20560660&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Shoes – Office – http://www.office.co.uk/view/product/office_catalog/2,30/1961245008?referer=carousel 

THE STATEMENT SHOES 

Now when I talk of statement shoes you may be thinking I mean some humungous high heals or brightly coloured, glittery and fluffy pair of trainers (I do not endorse fluffy trainers) but when I say statement i’m talking more about shoes which help to give an outfit a certain style or look. 

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One style of shoe which has never really gone away but in recent years has come into the forefront of Dr Martens. Now I’ve got to admit, when I first started seeing people (specifically girls) wearing them I just thought they were ugly and just for the goths and mods, however as my style has changed over the years and my eyes opened to more than just jeans and polo shirts I have moved over to the dark side and become one with the docs. Now as an art student, it almost feels almost uniform to have a pair of these in your arsenal but with the range of colours and styles that they now come in you can be a bit more original and not just one of the crowd. 

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Talking of the range of colours and styles I have decided to keep it safe and go with the ones I own myself being the Dr. Martens Pascal 8-eyelet boots in black (to give them their full title). Now I know your thinking these aren’t exactly a statement but I am still keeping them as the focus point of the outfit with pairing down the rest.  I decided to go for the black ones to keep them as versatile as possible and make them easy to style with any outfit. I think these shoes are great at giving a bit of edge to any outfit and help you to make a statement with your clothing. Keeping it simple I paired these with a pair of black skinny jeans from Topshop – my go-to place to any jean item. I chose a pair with ripped knees to continue on the grunge theme and also a simple grey motif vest top to keep it simple but add a small amount of interest. I originally thought of pairing a plain white T with the jeans however I thought it might look a bit too stark and prefer the slightly muted tone of this grey. Now some people may seem it fit to match their shoes to their hand bag however here I have chosen to match the shoes with the jacket by accompanying them with this Topshop leather jacket. To top it all off true to my style I have chosen this reversible black and white scarf (the other side having a hounds tooth print). Ive always loved these reversible scarfs with having the ability to have not one but two scarfs in one and wear both patterns at the same time. They look especially good when knotted around the neck so that both prints are layered and showing.  

Boots: Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5319428574567&category=WOMENS-BOOTS-EU

Jeans: Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bripped%2bjamie%2bjeans&storeId=12556&productId=20764471&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

T shirt: Urban Outfitters http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5111200845115&category=WOMENS-GRAPHIC-TSHIRTS-EU

Jacket: Topshop http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=leather%2bjacket&storeId=12556&productId=20502550&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Scarf: Urban Outfitters (are you getting a theme yet ;) )  http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5752436349116&category=WOMENS-SCARVES-EU

THE PRINTED TROUSER  

As you may have seen from one of my previous posts, I do have a little fancying for a patterned trouser. Patterned trousers have been around for the past few years but with the 70’s trend coming into full force we’ve seen many a printed legging and even brightly patterned flared trousers in our hughstreet. Now personally I think the brightly coloured flares are maybe a step too far but there are some brilliant coloured trousers out there to be had.  

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With yellow being one of my favourite colours this pair from Zara defiantly took my fancy with their white orchid pattern. I really like the white upon the yellow in these trousers with the white jumping out from it enough but not overpowering it. Also also love the drawn/painted images of the orchid flower. Prints such like this tend to be using more often in homeware goods however I think it works really well in these trousers and docent look too much like you are wearing a pair of curtains (they would be very cool curtains at that!)  

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With wearing a bright yellow print like this I think it is important to keep the rest of the colours on the same theme or minimal. Thats why I’ve paired this with a large oversized black jumper. I like to keep all my looks quite easy and daytime as I’m not a particularly dressy person so this black jumper takes out some of the formality of the trousers. This is also helped with it being elongated in length (which also covers up the blue ribbon bit on the waistband which I’m not that keen on) However if you did want to dress these trousers up a bit more it would be easily done with these trousers by exchanging the jumper for nice top and a pair of heels.  

Sticking with the theme of comfort for footwear I choose the ever popular plain white ox plimsoles from converse. With being plain white these are so easy to pair with anything but still have interest to them with the red and blue bands around them, not remaining completely white. Now I may have chosen to go a bit overkill with the yellow in this outfit however I think with being the right shade of yellow this scarf from (yes you guessed it again) Asos is a good finishing touch to the outfit. I know, yes it is rather large but I think this scarf is meant to bridge the gap between scarf and shawl with it being able to be worn draped over the shoulders or wrapped around the neck. The brown line detail around the bottom of the scarf match perfectly with the darker detail of the trousers and I think pulls the whole look together. Sometimes a look like this I may think looks to match matchy and almost as if you have tried to hard to make sure that the trousers and the scarf match, but with the rest of the outfit being very neutral and played down I think you can get away with it with a grin of ‘’ I’m so fashionable I just have perfectly matching items lying around everywhere and I just so happened to throw them on together while ;)’’ 

Trousers: Zara http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/trousers/view-all/watercolor-print-trousers-c733898p2972020.html

Jumper: Asos http://www.asos.com/selected/selected-cotton-knit-oversize-jumper/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5072069&clr=Black&SearchQuery=black+jumper&pgesize=36&pge=1&totalstyles=214&gridsize=3&gridrow=6&gridcolumn=2

Converses: converse http://www.asos.com/converse/converse-all-star-ox-plimsolls/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3929785&clr=White&SearchQuery=white+converses&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=36&gridsize=3&gridrow=7&gridcolumn=2

Scarf: Asos http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-Oversized-Scarf-In-Reversible-Stripe/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5269356&WT.ac=rec_viewed&CTAref=Recently+Viewed

Thanks for reading the very first Style File post, I hope you found it interesting and should be following it up shortly with another one!

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SPOTLIGHT ON: OOTD – A Day in the City

SPOTLIGHT ON: OOTD – A Day in the City

Continuing on after my portabello market special I couldn’t help stretch the theme out over the whole week and continue it on to an outfit of the day post featuring some of my new favorite purchases from the capital. With staying in the Hyde Park area we started off the day with a walk around Kensington Gardens and into Hyde park where a lot of walking was to be had. Then we ventured towards The Royal Albert Hall then got on the tube to go to Oxford Circus for dinner. It was a lovely day around London and a perfect opportunity to do an outfit of the day for you. 

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I decided to make the scarf (which you will have seen in my last W/W/W post) the main focus of the outfit with keeping that as the burst of colour and keep the rest of the outfit to dark colours. This scarf I brought from a vintage stall at portobello market which I have a explained more in my last post which will be linked here: 

https://fabricforward.wordpress.com/2015/10/31/wantingwearingworking-week-5-portobello-market-special/

As I said I wanted to keep the outfit in the remit of dark colours however I didn’t want to make the whole outfit black and wanted to try and pair it with another opposing pattern.  

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Despite appearing grey on screen the top I am wearing is actually a very small black and white cheque. This top is almost the transition between a jumper and a top so is good for the autumn weather and this transitional period in the UK. Despite it obviously not being a colour it is a bit different for the plain T shits and jumper that I usually wear with its check pattern and also goes well with the bright red pattern of the scarf. Also its a good length with it being slightly cropped but not too cropped so it won’t show too much of your stomach with jeans. You can’t really see here but underneath this jumper I have paired it with a little plain white lacy cami top just to have that bit of lace poking through at the bottom. Now I love layering and its sometimes nice to have a bit of something else poking through at the bottom or a top to add interest and different textures to an outfit (and also warmth being in cold and rainy England)  

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On the bottom half I decided to wear my new Topshop black ripped skinny jeans. I will admit that when they first came into fashion I was not a fan and still in some cases I’m not, if the rips are too clean cut, too high up or plainly too many of them(would like to look as if a tiger has not attacked my trousers). If the rips is directly on or slightly below the knee and is distressed and sort of fraying enough I think the look can work creating grungey and distressed image. I think they work best when paired with quite simple items like a plain cropped T shirt or an oversized shirt or jumper. If put with something bright patterned and colourful it I think it would over power the outfit with trying to put too many trends together with the ripped jeans being quite a strong trend on their own. 

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Finally one item it feels of this hall isn’t brand new and never been worn before are my Topshop black leather ankle boots.Now the struggle is real when it comes to finding the perfect pair of black ankle boots. To me they always seem to be a bit to loose around the ankle, have too many zips, too much of a high heal or simply with my budget too much of a price tag. However with this pair, I may have seems to have struck gold (or at least silver with being a perfectionist!)  I had my eyes on this pair in Topshop right from when they first came out but, true to form with them being real leather the price was a bit out of my range so I left and secretly hoped that if i lost a tooth that the tooth fairy may have started giving out brand new leather boots instead! But unfortunately this didn’t happen but when I finally stumbled across them in the sale for half the price, there were coming home in my bag. When i’m looking for new shoes I like to be able to find a pair which I will be wearing until I simply  can’t wear them anymore due to them no longer looking like shoes and more like scraps of leather.  

I generally just love most things about them, the leather there made of, the hight of them around the ankle, the hight of the heal, the gold hardware detailing on the side and the strap detailing around the front. Now if i’m being picky I would wish that the side wasn’t open around the bucket area due to the odd occasion of pesky stones getting inside them (and also maybe the blisters they gave me on this day, that will teach me to not not wear socks int them) but on the whole a pat on the back there to Topshop!  

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The few accessories I was wearing were my brown T K Maxx sunglasses, a small vintage black handbag, and wide sterling silver ring, both found at Portobello Market (if you can’t already tell I really liked Portobello Market, I mean, i’ve only left a couple of hints right?) 

Photos taken by Tom Flathers

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Outfit details again: 

Jumper: Urban Outfitters (very similar) 

http://www.urbanoutfitters.com/uk/catalog/productdetail.jsp?id=5114466647771&category=WOMENS-JERSEY-TOPS-EU

Jeans: Topshop 

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bripped%2bskinny%2bjeans&storeId=12556&productId=16147715&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Boots: Topshop

http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?Ntt=black%2bboot&storeId=12556&productId=18395056&urlRequestType=Base&categoryId=&langId=-1&productIdentifier=product&catalogId=33057

Coat (hung on bag): H and M (similar at asos)

http://www.asos.com/story-of-lola/story-of-lola-70s’-faux-suede-trench-coat/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5694628&clr=Black&SearchQuery=black+trench+coat&pgesize=13&pge=0&totalstyles=13&gridsize=3&gridrow=2&gridcolumn=2

Sunglasses: T K Maxx (proper Rayban version)

http://www.asos.com/ray-ban/ray-ban-wayfarer-sunglasses-0rb4165-710/8g55/prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=5272423&clr=Brown&SearchQuery=brown+raybans&pgesize=36&pge=0&totalstyles=44&gridsize=3&gridrow=4&gridcolumn=3 

Scarf: Vintage 

Bag: Vintage

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