Clothes Show 2016

Hi Everyone,

Last weekend I went to the final Clothes Show to be held at Birmingham NEC since 1989! It’s moving to Liverpool in the summer next year for the foreseeable future, so I wanted to give you the low down on what I saw, what was there and most importantly, what I bought!

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The fashion show this year wasn’t as good as previous years I felt, there wasn’t much in the way of a theme which tied all of the fashion pieces together and they didn’t have as much well known music. They did however have a saxophone player who was amazing and it gave a really unusual twist to the fashion show.

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There were a huge amount of stands there from accessories, beauty, clothing and homeware including brands like Spectrum Brushes, Barry M, Models Own, Elemis, In The Style and Oasis, with a lot of them having exclusive deals just for the Clothes Show.

I managed to pick up the most beautiful make up brush from Spectrum which isn’t going to be released until January 2017 but was on special offer at the show.

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Also this make up bag from Barry M which included loads of their products for only £10 which is incredible! Also helps that the makeup bag itself is super instagram friendly..!

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I also picked up this cute jumper for the crazy price of £5! I mean, it’s not exactly the softest of knits and it won’t be incredible quality but such a bargain.

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There were a few celebrities there including a couple of my favourite bloggers/youtubers Sarah Ashcroft and Lydia Millen who did a panel as well as fashion stylist Mark Heyes and Jo Elvin who is the editor of Glamour magazine.

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What I wore;
Top – New Look
Jacket – Stradivarius (sold out alternative here)
Leggings – Old Matalan
Boots – Primark
Bag – New Look (sold out alternatives here and here)

Also, just a side-note for all of you fellow people in wheelchairs; the NEC also has a brand new Changing Places toilet.. which is the best news! So if you’re ever going to an event there, we found it near Hall 20.

Much Love,

 

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So Tonal

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Hi Everyone,

This look started off from this incredible teddy bear jacket; I loved the colour and texture and I hadn’t really seen anything else like it. Tonal looks are in this season and the mixture of the orangey browns and nudes works so well to create an Autumn look.

Can I also just take a minute for this snake necklace too which I literally purchased the second I spotted it! I love anything that’s unique and it’s going to be perfect with high neck tops and knitwear this season.

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Jacket – Boohoo
Top – H&M
Jeggings – Select
Boots – ASOS
Bag – Stradivarius
Hat – M&S (Can’t find online, check in store)
Necklace – H&M (Can’t find online, check in store)

Much Love,

Autumn Makeup Look Using Morphe 35P Palette

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Hi Everyone,

I’ve wanted a Morphe palette for such a long time and I was always unsure which one to go for but I’ve recently been really into purple make up looks and when I saw the 35P palette, I knew it would be perfect.

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As you can see there are a huge amount of shades and it was really affordable. The shades range from everyday nudes and browns through to reds and purples which are perfect for this time of year.

I wasn’t sure what the quality of the shadows would be like but from the couple I have tested, I am very impressed. I did have to apply one of the more glittery shades with my finger rather than a brush for more pigmentation but it wasn’t a big deal and it made the colour pop so much.

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Products I used to get this look;

Eyebrows – Maybelline Masterbrow Palette
Foundation – Dior Star 020
Powder – Makeup Obsession Contour Powder Fair
Bronzer – Makeup Obsession Contour Powder Light
Blusher -Max Factor Creme Puff Blush Gorgeous Berries
Highlight – Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit That Glow – Dripping In Gold
Mascara – Top Lashes – L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes Fatale
– Bottom Lashes – Revlon Ultra Volume
Lipstick – L’Oreal Gold Obsession Plum Gold

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For my eyes; I used 5 shades from the Morphe 35P Palette. I used No. 1 all over my eye and up to my eyebrows (I didn’t use any eyeshadow primer), No. 2 over my eye socket up to the crease, No. 3 is the shade I added with my finger on the inner half of my eye and the colour was incredible, I then added No. 4 on the outer corner of my eye and I smoked this out and blended it in with No. 5 into my crease, which I also used underneath my eye for a smoky eye look.

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You can find the Morphe 35P palette here.

I am so excited to use more of the shades in this palette and I’m definitely adding a couple onto my Christmas list!

Are there any other Morphe palettes you think I should try?

Much Love,

AW16 Trend Series – Sports Luxe

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Hi Everyone,

So for the final part of my trend series, I wanted to look at Sports Luxe which was a huge AW16 trend at Louis Vuitton, Vetements and Anya Hindmarch.

 

There are so many ways to wear this look as you can see above and I decided to create a more relaxed outfit, (I don’t think I could’ve pulled off the oversized puffer jacket..!!) combining the wet look leggings and metallic accessories to add the luxe element.

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Top – Zara
Jacket – River Island (similar here)
Leggings – Matalan (similar here)
Sunglasses – ASOS
Bag – Stradivarius
Trainers – Primark

Some other alternatives in the shops right now;

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I hope that you have enjoyed this series on just  a couple of the autumn and winter trends. Let me know if you have and I can do something similar for each new season of fashion in the future!

Much Love,

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,