Thursday, 27 June 2013

Sleek Make-Up, 'Oh So Special' Palette

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For my holidays coming up, I've been looking for a palette which is cheap but has good quality eye-shadows in it that I can use for both the day and night time. I didn't really want to take my beloved, Urban Decay Naked2 Palette as it was expensive and if any of the eye-shadows cracked or crumbled due to travelling in a suitcase I would be upset! I've been eyeing up quite a few high-street palettes and this Sleek Make-Up, 'Oh So Special' palette was the one that caught my eye.

What I love:
It has everything I would want and need in a small, compact case. It has seven matte colours, (Bow/Ribbon/Pamper/The Mail/Boxed/Wrapped Up/Noir) and five shimmery shades (Organza/Gift Basket/Glitz/Celebrate/Gateau). What I found with a lot of the palettes in Boots and Superdrug is that most of them only really had shimmery shades! And to be honest, I prefer matte shades but do like to have some shimmery shades to choose from also. 
One of the main reasons I picked up this particular palette is because of the Pink shades. I don't own any like these and I thought they would look lovely paired together on holiday.
I didn't want to pick a palette that would be identical to my Naked2 palette as I feel it would be neglected by me when I'm not taking this away for travelling and this palette is not like any I've seen before.
The colours and overall quality of the eye-shadows is brilliant! Every shade is pigmented and the colour pay-off for most shades is very vibrant. You really do get your money's worth! I have another Sleek palette so I hoped that the eye-shadows would be as good as they are and they really are.
The huge mirror is also a bonus and a necessity for on-the-go make-up application. The packaging is, sleek (pardon the pun), light, not too big and durable.

What I don't love:
I don't really have any major negatives about the palette. Although the outside of the packaging does tend get grubby with foundation finger print marks really easily which do not come off all too well. 

Favourite shades:
'Boxed' - A perfect matte Brown colour, perfect for defining the crease of the eyelid.
'Celebrate' - Gorgeous Brown shimmery colour with Purple undertones. So different!
'Ribbon' - Pink/Coral colour, amazing with a Summer tan with matching coral lips and cheeks.
'The Mail' - A light Orangey/Brown, also great for subtle definition of the eye.

Least favourite shades:
'Glitz' - This shade is lovely, but I don't feel this would suit me all that great.
'Bow' - A Beige/almost White colour that doesn't really do much.

Overall, I adore this palette. Let me know if you have this palette and what you think!


Saturday, 22 June 2013

Maxfactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher, in, 'Soft Pink'

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I've been on the hunt for a cream blusher for a while now but did not want to part with a lot of money when purchasing one. Recently, I've heard quite a bit about this Maxfactor Miracle Touch Creamy Blusher and thought I'd give it a try as I really loved the colour of the shade, 'Soft Pink'. I only really tend to go for pink toned blushers as I feel they suit my complexion best. You'll only ever really catch me wearing Peach/Orangey toned blushers if I'm bronzed up after or during a holiday.
I started off applying this by dabbing my Real Techniques Stippling Brush into the blusher directly and then on to my cheeks but found that this didn't really pick up much of the product. Now, I find the best way to use this blusher effectively is to use my fingers to add and blend the blusher on to my cheeks. 
The end result I love. It gives me the effect I wanted to achieve with a cream blusher - to give myself a natural summer flush and the Maxfactor Miracle Touch really does that. I've also blotted it on to my lips in the image as well to see if it would work, and it does. It's obviously not the most long lasting blusher, but then again, cream blushers are more likely to slip and disintegrate during the day. A lot of reviews I've read on this blusher have criticised the packaging. Personally, I don't mind it. It's inoffensive and dinky which means you can pop it in and out of your bag when you want. Overall, for £6.99 I think this blush is brilliant.

Saturday, 8 June 2013

Casual Stripes

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(Shirt: Primark/Jeans: Topshop/Bag: Cambridge Satchel/Loafers: Primark)

I've been on the look out for a pair of Vintage looking jeans which aren't skinny but which aren't unflatteringly slouchy on my figure for about a year now but couldn't find any that looked right on me. Then Topshop came out with the infamous, 'Mom Jeans' and was dubious as to whether these would suit me at all. I tried these on and instantly fell in love. Topshop have got these jeans soooo right, they aren't too baggy which was my main concern but still have the vintage feel about them. They go in at the right places and are super high-waisted. I really do feel like these are something Jennifer Aniston would wear in Friends lol. I know these jeans will be a timeless piece in my wardrobe for years and years to come. 
Another recent purchase of mine is this shirt from Primark which I adore. As you can probably tell from previous outfit of the day posts I'm really in to stripes and polka dots and anything which has a real Parisian feel to it. This shirt was a mere £10 and I love the fact that it doesn't have the tacky gold buttons that Primark's shirts/blouses tend to have!
To keep with the vintage Parisian feel I wore my trusty Ruby-Woo lipstick to dress up this casual, effortless outfit.


Sunday, 2 June 2013


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(Cropped Shirt: Dahlia/Skirt: Dahlia via Topshop/Bag: Cambridge Satchel)

I've been dying to wear this outfit for ages now but was waiting for the perfect opportunity when the weather was lovely and sunny. I've been waiting this cropped Yellow shirt from Dahlia for ages but left it until it went in to the sale and it did! I snapped it up as soon as I saw it online for half price and absolutely love it. It's actually a more brighter yellow than what is coming up in the images. I wanted this purely because of the colour and it just instantly screams summer for me. The fact that it's cropped also makes it perfect for teaming with high-waisted bottoms as you don't need to tuck it in and you get a little bit of midriff showing which I like. I have so many cropped tops, I just hope the sun stays out so I can get as much wear out of them as possible! I teamed this Dahlia shirt with another Dahlia piece, this polka dot skirt which I got last summer in Topshop and love it. It's so girly, feminine and I think it matches the top perfectly. 


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