Thursday, 23 October 2014

EVENT: TOPSHOP BEAUTY AUTUMN/ WINTER LAUNCH


I went along to a lovely event yesterday at Topshop in the Bullring, it was a small event with only a few bloggers attending.

First of all we were introduced to the latest range called 'The Face'  which includes foundations, concealers and primers. I'm a big fan of Topshop packaging, it simple but effecting. I love the thin capital letters, ( i'm a font lover )

The foundation is a lovely light texture, it's silicone based which makes it a silk-like finish. It has skin tone  adapting qualities meaning there's a shade for everyone! The foundation has medium coverage but feels so lightweight. It leaves your skin looking luminous but comfortable and not cakey. At only £16 I can see this being a new day to day fave! 

The concealer comes in two shades but again has skin tone adapting qualities so it will work for most skin tones. The dark shade is more for skin with yellow undertones and then the light for pink undertones. I've gone for the darker shade as I felt the light was a little too light. The coverage is amazing! Again it's silicone based so will blend easily into the skin. 

The concealer palette is on my wish list this month! There's a colour corrector for blemishes, two shades so you can mix together the perfect shade and a setting powder. Thats four products for £12, such a bargain. It's a lovely sleek palette, perfect for your handbag, making it easy to fix your makeup throughout the day. 

The Airbrush Primer is gorgeous, it blurs imperfections and erases the appearance of pores and fine lines. The silicone base makes it easy to apply and to blur out those imperfections. I have to say it feels very similar to higher end primers i've used. There's also a colour correcting primer which has a green tone to neutralize any blemishes and redness. Whilst your wearing the primer the anti-inflammatory qualities banish redness and the oil absorbing powders mattify and tighten pores. 

Next up the NEW SEASON COLOUR COLLECTION, omg it's beautiful. Such a gorgeous range. The idea is there's a nail polish and blush to match each lip polish. 

The Lip Polishes are available in a range of colours, my favourite is Twin, which is a gorgeous red/ purple berry shade. It's perfect for this season, the finish is glossy and gel-like. They appear very moisturing on the lips. I've heard good things about Topshop lipsticks in the past and I am very excited to buy one of these. 

Next up a very interesting product, Cheek Jelly. It looks like a lip balm and kind of feels like a lip balm but it's for your cheeks. It's a gel like product that you apply to your face. It's creates a natural finish and is buildable so you can build up the colour. I love my blushers and I don't think this is really for me as I like a bright pop of colour on my cheeks rather than a more natural finish however for work and day to day wear this is really nice. You can apply this product to the lips or other areas of the face if you want to create a rosy look or add some colour to your face. 

I've tried Topshop nail polishes before and i'm a fan, They are decent quality, cheap and they come in 49274246247 different colours!! They have some gorgeous new colours this season. I'm loving the gel effect! I love the colours. They are all fab and perfect for this season. I'm exciting to see what people think of these, still a bargain at £6! 




Wednesday, 22 October 2014

OUTFIT POST: OVERSIZED COATS AND BLACK SKINNY JEANS


JEANS: NEW LOOK // COAT: PRIMARK* // TOP: TOPSHOP //NECKLACE: PRIMARK// SHOES: PRIMARK // BAG: FOLLI FOLLIE* // SCARF: H&M

I popped into Birmingham today for a little event for Topshop Beauty! My blog post about the event will be live tomorrow so keep your eyes peeled for that!

It was a small event as we were told about it last minute but it was great, we got to have a play with the latest beauty products from Topshop including the new 'The Face' range which is amazingg! 

I put together a pretty casual outfit for today. I love my black skinny jeans, they are so comfy and look great with everything. A simple stripe top from topshop, I love this one its a batwing /oversized style. I wore this with with my new Primark coat and tartan scarf for a cosy autumn look. 

I'm still not ready for boots just yet, i've wore them a few times but I still keep choosing these shoes from Primark, they are pointed and cover your toes but have a cut out section. I have to say these keep my feet very warm but not too hot. They are so comfy! I might pick up another pair, they were a bargain at £10!! 



Tuesday, 21 October 2014

REVIEW: COLLECTION GOTHIC GLAM REVENGE





Collection Gothic Glam lipstick in Revenge - rrp £3.00

This was bargain and a half, priced up at £3.00 in Tesco. I had a voucher for £2.50 and when it scanned through it was only £1.50. So it was basically free I love it when that happens. 

I browsed through the make up for a Autumn berry shade, I bought one last year but i'm not really keen on the formula. This ones a lovely dark red, berry kind of shade. It's such a nice easy to apply formula. I applied it with the Real Techniques detailer brush from the core collection for a precise application. It's very easy to build up and a nice smooth finish. 

I'm not sure how long it lasts as i've only used it once so far but I can see this being my favourite lipstick this season. 

It's such a bargain and a great product if you want to try something different, I normally go for pinks and more neutral shades so I wouldn't go out and spend £14 on a lipstick that I might not wear however I would happily spend £3 on this lovely lipstick from Collection. 

Monday, 20 October 2014

OUTFIT POST: CHECK SKIRT, TARTAN SCARF

Coat: Primark *// Scarf: H&M // Jumper: The Ragged Priest // Skirt: Topshop // Slip ons: Primark* // Bag: Folli Follie* // Necklace: Primark 

I was so happy that the rain stayed away long enough for me to get some outfit photos done. I'm loving my bargain Primark jacket right now, it was only £23! I think its perfect for Autumn, I tend to go out in the so don't really want a huge big coat but this is perfect and keeps me warm enough. I've got my tartan scarf out! I love it. I am wearing so much black right now and so much monochrome but I love it. My scarf is just the right amount of colour. I finally have a pair of slip on's aswell, I got this pair from Primark. I tried on the Topshop ones that everyone has but I didn't think they suited me, they were just a little too sporty however these pointed ones from Primark are a bit more chic, and seem to suit me so much better! 




*Disclosure, I was gifted a gift card from Intu Merry Hill and used this to purchase my coat and shoes, I haven't been asked to blog about my purchases and all opinions above are my own.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

CYCLE WITH STYLE WEEK

This week is Cycle with Style, the idea is to get the fashion conscious on their bikes. The idea has been put together by Birmingham Cycle Revolution to encourage cycling around the city.

I don't have a bike but I have been looking at them a lot recently. I love the Victoria Pendleton range at Halfords. I've put together an outfit that I would wear cycling around the city.

I love a fluffy jumper! This one from River Island is perfect, its 3/4 sleeve so your arms will be warm enough won't get in the way! My fluffy jumper is so warm but quite airy so you won't get too hot on your bike

I love this cream leather backpack from Accessorize, its stylish when your not on your bike, big enough for your stuff and very practical, just pop it on your back so it doesn't get in the way.

Leggings; I think leggings are the best for cycling as they are so comfy and you can move your legs easy. But don't opt for boring black sporty leggings. Pop into Forvever 21 where they having a massive selection of floral / autumn / aztec pattern leggings. I saw some gorgeous maroon floral ones perfect for this season.

Finally to match the maroon leggings i've picked out these New Balance trainers that will make it easy to ride your bike, you can swap these for a pair of flats that you have in your backpack however i'm in love with New Balance trainers right now so i'd wear mine around town!

You need to think about the products your using when your cycling too. Origins GinZing moisturizer is one of my favorites. It keeps the skin looking refreshed and hydrated so it's perfect for battling those cold mornings. To keep chapped lips at bay, make sure your using a good lip balm! Say hello to your new best friend, hairspray! Using a decent hairspray will stop your hair from looking so static and flyaway, this Alterna hairspray is designed for winter weather so it's perfect again for those chilly days. Loccitane shower oil is great at locking in moisture into the skin and Soap and Glory Hand Food is such a good hand cream and a great size to pop in your bag, keep your hands moisturized so they don't go dry and blistered. 


Tuesday, 14 October 2014

BEST STUDENT TIPS AND TRICKS



This year i've decided to take a year out and work part time whilst  I sort out some placements in schools for my work experience and then hopefully apply for a teacher training course. I'm graduating next month and decided to share a few tips and tricks to being a student.

- Take advantage of being a student! Student discount, student shopping events, student bank accounts, these are all things you should be taking advantage of, get yourself an NUS card you get tonnes of discounts, the MyUNiDAYS app is amazing sign up and again get discount. I always check before I eat out or buy something if they offer student discount. You might as well because these perks are only around whilst your studying. Student bank accounts offer lower interests and great overdraft offers. I pay no interest on my overdraft just because i'm a student, you can also get a graduate account which offers similar rates.

- Spend your student loan wisely! If your living in student accommodation chances are your student loan covers your accommodation and your not really left with any change. Use the tips above to see how you can save money. If you live at home like I did during university its exciting when the loan comes in! I used to go on a shopping spree and spend silly money eating out and in Topshop and now  I think back and wonder how I spend over £10,000 and have nothing to show for it. In first year I bought myself my Dslr and a laptop and I still use my camera now, it was a great thing to buy. I'd say make sure you buy things that will benefit your course. A laptop is a must have, if your an art student you will spend so much money on supplies, don't blow your student finance on things you don't need.

- Enjoy it! Being a student is great you go into university and do your work, for me my timetable was pretty flexible as I was an art student. I had a lot of studio time which meant I would usually work from home or have a lie in and roll into uni at 1 or 2 o'clock. There's always something going on, an art exhibitions, student events, cinema nights, societies and sports etc. I lived at home and one thing I regret about university is I didn't do enough things like go out on nights out or join a club or society. When university is over and your working full time it's going to be a shock to the system so enjoy it whilst you can. Say yes to all of the opportunities that come your way!!


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Monday, 13 October 2014

A #LUSHCHRISTMAS HAUL

I was invited along to the Lush Christmas event in Coventry and got the chance to try out and see the latest Christmas Collection. I took advantage of their very generous 10% off at the event and bought myself a few bits and pieces. I also got a goody bag which had some amazing bits and pieces inside for me to try. I've only used a couple of things but i'm very excited to try everything out. I'll make sure to take photos and review my favourites! View the Christmas collection here 



Check out the ingredients and more information about the Christmas Products here: 


* some items in this post are pr samples.
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