AW16 Trend Series – Grunge Spirit

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Hi Everyone!

This is the second part of my AW16 trend series and this time I’m talking you through ‘Grunge Spirit’. I had so much fun styling this look; I think it’s partly due to me reverting back to my emo days 😉

This trend incorporates everything 90’s, chokers, tartan, leopard print, brooches and layering. I wanted to give a girly edge to my look but you could also style it with ripped jeans, a rock band tee and leather jacket. I have linked some other alternatives below. My inspiration off the catwalk for this trend was from Burberry, Alexander Wang, Victoria Beckham and Prada.

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Hat – H&M
Jacket – New Look (sold out alternative here)
T-Shirt – Old River Island
Dress – Boohoo
Boots – New Look
Fishnet Tights – Asos
Bag – Primark
Choker – River Island

Some other alternatives for you;

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Much Love,

AW16 Trend Series – Granny’s Attic

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Hi Everyone!

I think it’s safe to say that it’s 100% autumn now! The leaves are turning orange and I can see my breath in the mornings so I wanted to take a look at 3 of the fashion trends that are going to be pretty big this Autumn/Winter. Obviously this is a trend series so it’ll be based on the looks that were on the designer catwalks, but I always believe in styling yourself how you want to and this is just a rough guide of how I would wear some of the pieces from each trend. Of course you can always just pick one or two items and mix it with your own style to create a fresh new season look.

The trend I’m going to look at today is ‘Granny’s Attic’, it’s basically a mix of textures and colours to create a vintage twist on a modern outfit. Lots of the textures include ruffles, velvet, embroidery and sequins and this trend was spotted on the catwalks of Gucci, Miu Miu and Christopher Kane.

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I loved styling this look as I do like to wear some unusual and eclectic pieces. Like I said earlier rather than wearing a lot of the pieces together like I have to give you a feel of the trend, you could take the boots, bag or the top etc and add it alongside some of the items you already have in your wardrobe and it’ll give it an AW16 fashion boost!

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Jacket – New Look
Top – Zara
Jeggings – Matalan
Boots – New Look
Sunglasses – Asos
Ruffle Choker – Asos
Pearls – Vintage
Bag – New Look (out of stock online but check in store)

If that wasn’t enough… I’ve found lots of other items that would work for this trend too!

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Let me know what you think to this trend and how you would style it?!

Much Love,

Primark Skincare – Testing and Review

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Hi Everyone!

Following on from my Poundland Make Up Look review, I thought I’d carry on this budget beauty series with these Primark skincare products. I’ve been trying them for a couple of weeks now, one of them actually featured in my September favourites here, so it might give you a good idea of what I think of them!

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The first product I tried was the Love to Glow Moisturiser, I have been using it (mostly) each morning and night and my skin feels so much better for it. This is the worst time of year for our skin because of the cold, windy weather and I really feel like this is an essential you need! It almost has a iridescent shine within it which helps with the ‘glow’ but doesn’t make you look shiny at all.

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The other product I’ve been testing is the ‘Instant Radiance Serum’. I wasn’t exactly hoping for much considering it’s low price and Primark obviously don’t specialise in skincare products, but again this has really surprised me. In a way you could use this on it’s own without the moisturiser as a base as this is very moisturing in itself. But I like to use them together as this is still a brilliant primer to use before foundation.

It’s quite a thick consistency but it melts into the skin really quickly. In the same way as the moisturiser, it has a iridescent shine to it but much more obvious. This isn’t a problem for me because as my skin gets quite dry, I like products that give that ‘glowing from within’ look, but if you have oily skin this might be too much.

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Overall at only £3.00 each, I’d definitely recommend you trying these out and I can’t wait to try some more Primark skincare products.

Are there any other budget beauty brands you’d like me to test and review? I can do make up looks with budget make up brands or more skincare reviews like this one. Please let me know in the comments!

Much Love,

Poundland Make Up Look – Testing and Review

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Hi Everyone!

As you all know, I’m a make up addict and I love using lots of different products from drug store to high end. My husband however is an addict to Poundland and I find myself in there quite often…!! And when I realised that they did their own make up line, I wanted to try these out and review them for you guys as they are extremely affordable!

For some reason I completely forgot to buy concealer so I haven’t used any and I couldn’t see any eye brow products in our local store, so apart from that my whole face is purely Poundland!

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I used the foundation in the shade Warm Ivory 2 and I’m actually very surprised. I expected it to be low coverage as it was quite watery but after giving it a shake and applying it straight onto my face before blending with a Spectrum foundation brush, it covered my face really well and evenly. It has quite a matt finish, but it didn’t cling anywhere or emphasise any dry spots.

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The pressed powder is in the shade Natural Beige 2, I didn’t see a huge amount of difference to my skin after using it but after a couple of hours, it did keep my makeup in place well.

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I was slightly nervous about the matte bronzer (they also do a shimmer version which would be really nice in the summer) as it was very orange toned and the shade is Matte Light 1. It actually translated into a lovely bronze shade on the skin, it was pigmented but easy to build up the colour and easy to blend.

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Finally the last base product is a highlighter in the shade Pearl Shimmer, it’s a shame as there is only one shade available (from what I could see). I’ve photographed it above in sunlight so you can see that it’s not at all glittery, but has a subtle shimmer which is so pretty. It has a pink/lilac undertone which actually works well as a blusher / highlight and although it’s not at glazed donut levels (!) it’s perfect for a daytime make up look.

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Above, after using all of the base products.

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I picked up two eyeshadows as they looked amazing in the pan, the white shade is White Frost 1 and the brown shade is Bronze 7. They are both hugely pigmented, I applied the white one with a brush and the bronze one with my finger and they worked both ways. They are quite glittery which doesn’t translate brilliant in the pictures, but is really flattering in person.

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There were a couple of mascaras to choose from but I went with the Plump Up The Volume mascara in Carbon Black; on the packet it actually states to ‘ apply generously for plumped up lashes’ and this was definitely true! It took a lot to get my lashes anywhere near coated, though once they were the overall look wasn’t too bad and they did lift and separate my lashes, I definitely wouldn’t say they were volumised though.

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Finally, I used the Matt Lip Colour on my lips. It’s really interesting that they have actually brought out Matt lip colours for this price point and I have to say I was very surprised at how much I liked it! It has a metallic sheen to it and it applies and dries down to a velvet finish rather than fully matte, but it lasted well for a couple of hours and I had to re-apply after food and drink. The colour was very pretty, it felt comfortable on my lips and not drying.

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The finished look;

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I have to say I am very impressed with Poundland make up, so much more than I thought I would be! If you are on a budget and don’t have lots of money to splash out on make up then I would definitely recommend trying some of these items.

The products I liked the most were definitely the highlighter and the eye shadows and I hope that they bring out more shades of the highlight powder in the future!

Have you tried Poundland make up before? What did you think?

September Favourites

Hi Everyone!

Here’s what I’ve been loving in the past month, there’s not many new make up additions as I’ve been sticking with a lot of the same products as previous months, but I have found a couple of new things I’ve discovered that I’ve been enjoying.

Make Up Favourites

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Primark Love to Glow Moisturiser -£3.00

So I’ll start with skincare and I actually have a review of a couple of the new Primark skincare range coming soon to the blog so I’m not going to talk about it too much, but I’ve recently purchased this Primark Love to Glow moisturiser and it’s so good! For the price it’s incredible and I’ve paid a lot more for moisturisers just like this.

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L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Fatale – £9.99

I’ve been trying out and loving the combination of two mascaras this month, the first is this one by L’Oreal and it does an amazing job of lengthening and fanning out my lashes, it’s also really black which I like. I wouldn’t say it’s amazing at curling my lashes, but I just use it with an eyelash curler and it makes them look really volumised.

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Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara – £6.99

The second mascara I have been using is this one from Revlon, I actually have the waterproof black version and it’s honestly one of the best waterproof mascaras I have ever used. I can put this on my bottom lashes in the morning and if I’m out late, it won’t have budged or smeared the whole day. My lower lashes always smudge as they are quite long so this mascara is a God send! I also tend to pair it with the L’Oreal mascara over the top on my top lashes just to give more volume and so it stops all of my mascara budging.

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Make Up Revolution Ultra Pro Glow – £10.00

This is a fairly new release by MakeUp Revolution, I had tried quite a lot of their other products including their eyeshadow palettes etc and always liked them, so as a highlight junkie I had to get my hands on this! I’m so surprised on how much I like it, recently I’ve been using Anastasia Beverly Hills and this is such a good dupe! There’s 8 different shades ranging from pink to gold tones and they’re all so buttery and pigmented. For the price, this is so worth buying.

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Urban Decay Cream Vice Lipstick – Insanity – £15.00

So it wouldn’t be my favourites if I didn’t have at least two lip products..! And there’s two I’ve been loving in September; the first is a nude shade which is so pretty. It’s more of an orange toned nude which is quite different to what I’d normally go for but it’s so easy to wear, no need for a mirror to apply and I love it for a day to day look. I love the formula of the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks, they’re not drying at all and this is a cream finish so it’s quite moisturising but long lasting too.

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Wet N Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick – Rose-Bud – £3.99

I found this lipstick whilst I was in America in the summer and I’ve fallen in love with it! The shade rose-bud is perfect for this time of year as it’s a mauve-y toned pink which is great for a beautiful ‘english-rose’ look. I can’t even remember it being called Mega Matte as this may have put me off buying it as I tend to get very dry lips so I avoid most matte lipsticks, but this is absolutely amazing. It’s so comfortable to wear and I’d say it has more of a velvet finish than totally matte, but this suits me much more! I wish Wet N Wild were more easily available in the UK; I have linked one I found on amazon which is brilliant (and potentially dangerous for my bank account) so hopefully you can get your hands on one too.

Random Favourites

I can’t remember how I stumbled onto this youtube video, but I can’t stop watching it! If you ever need something to cheer you up, just watch this it’s so entertaining!

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My last favourite is a TV Show called Dexter on Netflix. I watched this a few years ago and loved it so much I have convinced my husband to watch it all over again with me as he’d never seen it before! I have to admit it’s very gory, so if you’re not into that kind thing then I wouldn’t watch it.. but if you enjoy thrillers and comedy combined then I’d definitely give it a go. It’s got a lot of drama and there’s 8 seasons so it’s perfect now for autumn and winter all cuddled up inside in the warm!

What have been your favourites in September?

Much Love,