Monday, January 12, 2015

Showpo Jaywalk Dress In White Stripe OOTD

Today I'm giving you another fashion post. There seems to be a lot of that going on lately and I have another planned soon. I can't help it - I'm just really into clothes lately. Today I'm going to be talking about Showpo who kindly sent me the jaywalk dress in white stripe*. It's a pretty simple dress but one which I think is an absolute staple in any wardrobe since it's so versatile. They also kindly sent me a t shirt which was a nice surprise and I may feature that in another post soon so be on the look out.

I decided to style the dress with this coat from H&M. I seem to wear it in a lot of posts simply because it goes with almost anything and it's super warm. I promise it's not my only coat! I also wore these boots from Public Desire which I am obsessed with and wear at any opportunity. I think the boots change it from a really casual outfit to something a little bit more chic. Worn with a pair of Vans it would look completely different and for that reason, I love it and know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of it all year round.

I like that it's got the block of black at the top because it changes it from just a simple stripey dress into something a little more interesting. The dress is made out of a really soft fabric that falls really nicely and it's an interesting shape with it being shorter at the sides than the front and back. (What is that bit of hair on the top of my head doing).

You can get the dress here for $30 or check out the rest of the site for a plethora of beautiful clothing. They really do have some wonderful products on offer and when I start searching for items for my Spring / Summer wardrobe I am definitely going to head to Showpo. I recommend them so much and they have so many products to offer there must be something for everyone!

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

December Favourites

Am I a little late on the December favourites? I really needed to share my love for some of these products so I'm doing the post anyway! I've been so into all things sparkly lately, probably due to Christmas and it being Winter. I've also been into a matte lip because sparkly eyes, lips, and cheeks would probably be all a bit too much at one time. Anyway, here's some of my favourites!
The first has been the Too Faced Joy To The Girls palette which I got around Christmas time last year. According to the 12 month rule it needs to be thrown away now but I'm holding onto this puppy for as long as I possibly can. It's pretty much all I wore through December. More specifically, the shades 'Cheers', 'Prancer' and 'Chestnut'. A nice goldy bronzey sort of eye with a dark brown crease and a sort of brownish cream highlight (sparkliest shade EVER!). You can't buy this palette any more but Too Faced shadows in general are great. They seem to do really great super sparkly colours and also really great mattes. I also loved the Too Faced Christmas packaging last year. By 'last year' I mean 2013 Christmas, by the way. Since I just realised last year is actually 2014 now. HELP.

Still on the topic of eyes, I also found my love for Rimmel Scandaleyes again. I stopped using this for a while in favour of Too Faced and Revlon but I'm back to Rimmel again. I'd forgotten just how much thickness and volume this mascara gives and how amazing the brush is. It's super fat and super fluffy which is exactly how I like them. I have no problems with it like smudging and, to me, it's the perfect mascara. If you like a natural lash, this may not be the one for you but if you love thick lashes then this is perfect.

I also fell in love with the Soap & Glory Supercat eyeliner. I'd been using L'Oreal before but it started to get a little dry so I purchased something new for the sake of trying it out. I think that I find the L'Oreal one easier for a thinner line but the Supercat is definitely easier for winged eyeliner, in my opinion. It's a really intense black and stays on all day so another perfect product for me which I really can't fault.

To go with my sparkly eyes has been matte lips. There have been a lot of matte lip colours I've been using but I think of them all, the Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Red Square has come out on top. It's insanely long-wearing so I find I can wear it all day and night and it still looks great even without reapplying. I love that it's a slightly more orangey red but definitely still a red because I tend to swing towards blue-toned reds so it's a really nice change for me. I've been wearing this a lot recently with plain grey / black / white outfits to add a bit of colour.

And what's a monthly favourites post without a bit of MAC? This month I've been loving a blush in the shade Well Dressed. I'm not sure if I've mentioned this in a favourites before. If I have, I apologise. It's a good one for pale skin and just gives a slight flush and a subtle shimmer so looks really natural. I've been having a lot going on with lips and eyes and sparkles lately so I've been toning down the blush. This makes a bit of a change from NARS Mata Hari which is what I'd been using a lot before.

And finally, it's Soap & Glory skincare. I've been using a lot of it in general lately but thought I'd mention The Righteous Butter as a standout favourite. I'm sure you've heard all about them before but I've just been really attracted to the smell rather than the usual fruity scents I go for.

And that's everything for December faves! I also did a yearly favourites video for 2014 so give it a watch. You will discover that I actually CAN'T COUNT at all.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Blue Vanilla Harley Metallic Rose Dress OOTD

It feels good to be blogging again. I've been without internet for what feels like forever due to moving house (again) but now I'm back in full swing. Getting the ball rolling is this dress* from Blue Vanilla which I braved the icy weather to photograph. The lack of light in Winter sucks. Had I gone out on New Years, I would've worn this dress. It's such a nice party dress and going to be my dress of choice for the next time I decide to actually leave my house.

It looks a bit like a top tucked into a bodycon skirt, a look I've been really liking lately since it makes it more interesting than just a plain black dress. The top is also super sparkly which didn't show up much on camera but the whole of the top apart from the flowers is silver and sparkly which adds a really nice element of texture to the look. All of that sparkle sort of takes away the need to accessorise since there's enough going on on its own which is brilliant for me since I'm not big on jewellery.

The skirt section is a really nice thick fabric, perfect for the winter months as it's going to keep you warm. I will say that it's a little big for me so if you're going to buy it and don't know whether to go for the bigger or smaller size, I'd definitely say go smaller. I paired it with these spiked heels and that was it, outfit complete.

Blue Vanilla have impressed me once again. They have so many products that I've got my eye on. I've already raved about this cape in more than one blog post so I don't think I need to start on that again! If you want to get this dress, you can go here and get it on sale for £14.50 (original price £25). I'd give all of their dresses a look if I were you since there's some gorgeous ones for good prices. The embellished maxi dresses are so pretty it's killin' me.