Sunday 28 June 2015

Primark AW15

Whilst people in the normal world are finally starting to brave bare legs & toes, the fashion world is getting ready to launch 'fall'. Although right now I too am obsessing over brights and bikinis, after going along to the AW15 Primark press day last week, I couldn't help but get a tad excited for what's in store (get it) next season. 

Fashion wise -surprise surprise- this year's hottest trend, the 70's, continues and totally dominates the entire women's wear collection. Dresses and skirts are maxi or mini and straight cut. Whimsical boho print is in, as are camel, beige and burgundy colours. Texture is big with fur gillets, suede pinafores and chiffon blouses showcased as statement pieces. Shoes are experiencing serious embellishment with pom poms, fringing, cut outs & lace up fronts. Accessories are having a statement moment too with geometric structures and leopard print bags, alongside chunky gold metals in the jewellery department.

The other area I'm rather looking forward to is homeware. Primark have always got their homeware spot on, particularly for the price point and AW will bring more cute pieces to brighten up your bedroom. The main colour themes are bang-on-trend grey, mint, mustard and copper, with everything from essential cushions, blankets and tea towels, to the not so essential (but highly instagrammable) metallic candle holders and slogan signs. The first thing in my basket come September will definitely be the Earl Grey candle pot. I'm a sucker for anything tea related.

What takes your fancy from Primark's fall collection?

Sunday 21 June 2015

Sunday Skincare

Ahh Sunday, the 'curl up, read your book & slather on skincare' day of the week. Most of the time routines are all about quick cleanses and long lasting makeup, so on Sundays I like to keep things simple and treat my skin to a little pamper. This can get pretty step extensive but really you just need three things to make you all brand new:

THE MASK // I see Sunday Netflix binges as a good excuse to throw on a face mask and let it work whilst you get through Gossip Girl (for the 5th time). The Deep Cleansing Mask from Grown Alchemist is an amazing product that deserves so much hype. The clay formula, featuring wheatgerm, ginkgo and cranberry, cleanses, smoothes and reduces pore appearance so you're left with gorgeous clear glowing skin. The Instagram worthy packaging also looks great on one's skincare shelf.

THE EYE CREAM // My love for Benefit's 'It's Potent!' Eye Cream is no secret. I've used this pretty tub every morning for over two years now and at the weekend I like to pop it in the fridge and apply thickly to the under eye area as an intensive mask. The product sinks in leaving the eyes de-puffed, bright and nourished, ready for another week of undoubtedly burning many candles at an unadvisable amount of ends.

THE LIP BALM // What's this- swapping the matte orange lippy for a balm? I may only ditch the brights once a week, but lathering on By Terry Baume De Rose is just what my lips need to feel moisturised, smooth and supple once more. You don't have to spend so much on lip balm, but if you do come into some pocket money this does feel and smell completely delicious. And think of the cost per use people. (Thank god for cost per use...)

What's your Sunday Skincare routine?

Saturday 20 June 2015

Zara Sale Buys

So I may have surrendered my Friday lunch break to the wonder of Zara's Summer sale... There are some serious finds to be found and I wanted to show you what I picked up in case you need a little inspiration for your own weekend sale shopping trip:

a-line mini skirt 35.99 - 19.99 //  guipur dress 39.99 - 25.99 // earring set 19.99- 9.99

Will you be shopping the summer sales?

Thursday 18 June 2015

The feelunique haul

When you work for an online beauty retailer, it's just a given that you're going to spend lots of time browsing the site and shopping the (many) things that take your fancy. This is certainly the case for me and feelunique so I thought I'd put my spending to good use by doing a little old haul for y'all:

THE PRESENT // I'm completely hooked on the original ChloƩ- both the scent and bottle are girly, classy and gorgeous- so when Mum's Boutique requested a new scent I went for ChloƩ Love Story. After visiting home and delivering last weekend, I can report I made a very wise choice... #HelloBrowniePoints

THE UPSIZE // A skincare item I desperately wanted to stock up on was the Origins GinZing Moisturiser. I never thought I'd be loyal to any moisturiser, let alone a high end one, but the zesty orange scent and non greasy formula make this the perfect potion to wake up my skin in the mornings and this happens to be an extra large, extra pretty special edition tub.

THE REPURCHASE // I blogged about the First Aid Radiance Pads a few weeks ago and you can tell by my repurchase that I'm still just as head over heels for them. They are the easiest way of exfoliating and brightening your skin on a daily basis, with super convenient small pads and a gentle yet effective formula- what's not to love? 

THE SPLURGE // Okay, so there had to be at least one unnecessary item in this haul- introducing my splurge, the By Terry Ombre Blackstar in 'Misty Rock'. I was beyond excited when feelunique launched By Terry last month and as a firm blogger favourite, Misty Rock just had to be my first purchase from the brand. Watch out for this to feature in many an upcoming makeup look.

What beauty bits have you been haulin'?

Thursday 11 June 2015

The Summer Accessories

As soon as sun arrives the first thing I like to sort (apart from which peachy pink lipstick I'll wear to death over the next few months) are my summer accessories. Strappy dresses and crop tops are all well and good but add a pair of sandals, sunnies & new season bag to any outfit and you'll feel ready to hit the beach- AKA pigeon filled park on your lunch break.

The tan fringed bag is my favourite purchase of the bunch, as the 70's fringing make it bang on trend and it's a great size for all the essentials, plus this cost just £7 from Primark. I also really love my new sunnies, which are a pair of white framed vintage club masters found in the brilliant depths of jumble that make up Brighton's 'Snoopers Paradise'. If you're heading there this Summer you have to visit and take sandwiches in case you get lost... Last but not least we have sandals- these rose gold buckled numbers glinted at my inner magpie whilst 'window shopping' Zara last week and haven't left my feet since. And so begins my mission to wear the above always complete with a mojito/expresso magnum #summerdreams.

Have you stocked up on summer accessories? 

Monday 8 June 2015

Benefit License to Blot

Even when the weather is at its chilliest there's always a tube journey/run to the office/foundation the wrong side of dewy to help us channel 'sweaty Betty'. Add in summer heat and suddenly there's makeup slipping and sliding all over the shop with women everywhere furiously dabbing at their brow with papers or powders. 

Cue Benefit spotting this problem and releasing a fabulous solution; the just dropped License to Blot. Part of their best selling POREfessional range which aims to give women true complexion perfection, this stick simply blots away pesky unwanted oil that crops up throughout the day. The product's pocket size makes it perfect for even the tiniest of clutch bags and the triangular shape fits perfectly on the nose, brow and chin areas- making it seriously transportable and easy to use. LTB also doesn't take half your makeup off along with it and this effectiveness means no longer adding another half face of powder in the battle against shine and turning into cake face (we've all been there.) Summer handbag staple status achieved!

Do you want the License to Blot?

Friday 5 June 2015

May Favourites

In true blogger cliche style, I cannot believe we're in June already and I'm bringing you my May Favourites today! This video has lots of gems featured in it including the best clothing purchase possibly ever and a makeup duo which has given me the confidence to go foundation free! What were your favourite things from last month?

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