Kylie Jenner Holiday Collection with Swatches

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Hi Everyone,

As you probably know, Kylie Jenner’s latest release has been her holiday collection and I managed to pick up a couple of the new pieces including the new Kyshadow palette and the mini matte liquid lipstick set.

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I love the jewel tones of the eyeshadows in this palette and most of them are very pigmented; from the swatches my favourites have to be the shimmers as they are buttery smooth, some of the matte shades felt a bit chalky. It’s so hard to photograph these due to the metallic packaging and my photos really don’t do it justice! It also has a mirror which is the first for her Kyshadow palettes.

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Swatches from L-R: Sugar Cookie, Frosty, Chestnut, Mittens, Winter, Nutcracker, Gingerbread, Evergreen, Silent Night

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The mini matte liquid lipsticks are small…! Smaller than I thought but a perfect handbag/ travel size. They look incredible and the size actually would make them much easier to apply for me than other liquid lipsticks. Four of the shades are from the permanent collection and two are exclusive releases which are Angel and Vixen. From the swatches you can see that Vixen seems to be quite patchy so it’ll be interesting to see what it looks like on the lips.

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Swatches from L-R: Moon, Ginger, Angel, Love Bite, Kristen and Vixen.

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I’m going to be doing a New Years Eve makeup look using some of these products next week and I will be able to give you my thoughts on how they work.

Much Love,

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Wedding Series – The Venue

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Hi Everyone,

Some of you might already know but for those of you who don’t, I got married in May this year! It’s taken me this long (we’ve almost been married 6 months already!) to finally knuckle down and tell you about some of the aspects of the most incredible day of my life.

I wanted to start off my Wedding Series which will be on ‘Wedding Wednesday’ for the next 3 weeks, talking about the venue.

Obviously being in a wheelchair was always going to be a major factor in where we chose to get married as many older wedding venues, large houses etc have a lot of steps or are accessible but have ugly big ramps up to the doors. Another thing we found would be that I could get in, but I would have to go round a different way to everyone else which I just hated the thought of! Anywhere my guests were going to be, I wanted to be able to be there too.

Both of us have been brought up in Christian families so we definitely wanted to get married in a church and the local church to us St Giles, where we would go on a semi-regular basis seemed like the perfect place. It was ‘our’ church which also is accessible and beautiful on the inside and out, which was such a bonus!

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Because we got married in the church, we needed another venue for the reception and as I mentioned above it was really difficult to find somewhere that suited us and we checked out many different options.

For some reason at the beginning of our search I was adamant we would have a field with a marquee; don’t ask me why! I think I always liked the effect of a village fete style wedding and marquees always seemed to be the option for this. But after checking out a couple of venues made purposely for marquees, it became obvious that it just wasn’t going to work! If it rained the grass could be bogged and people would be covered in mud, there would be porta-loos or the equivalent of outdoor toilets and all of our guests would have to stay in different accommodation and having family around us for the weekend was very important.

In the end we discovered a place in Northamptonshire called Barton Hall which had recently been extended and had only been a wedding venue for a couple of years but had fantastic reviews. We went to take a look and it was perfect! I could get everywhere any able bodied person could, all of the main hotel area was accessible as well as the reception room and the orangery where we would have our drinks reception. They also had around 30 bedrooms including 2 wheelchair accessible rooms, so it suited us and could sleep all of our family and friends so we practically had the hotel to ourselves!

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The hotel itself is a beautiful venue and by having somewhere like this, it meant that food and drink would be included, they also set up our wedding and took everything down which took so much pressure off and left us to spend more time with our guests without having to worry about it.

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Obviously everyone has different preferences and styles, but this just worked so well for us and if you are in a wheelchair and getting married, I’d definitely recommend checking out some hotels.

As you can see in a couple of photos, we did a lot of DIY for our wedding and I’m going to talk you through some of it in my post next Wednesday, so please keep an eye out!

If you have any questions etc then please leave a comment below and also if you have anything wedding related you’d like to share, then I’d love to hear it!

Much Love,

B & M Autumn / Winter Candle Haul

Hi Everyone,

So if you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ll know that I am completely obsessed with candles. I’d heard about the infamous B&M ‘Bath and Bodyworks’ candle dupes and I was desperate to get my hands on them. Unfortunately I can’t find any online to link for you but I went into store and they had a huge selection there.

I bought a whole range of candles with Autumn scents to Winter ones and they all smell soooo good! Also can we just talk about the packaging… I almost don’t want to burn them because they look so pretty! They were only £2.99 each for two wick candles so you literally can’t go wrong.

Now, we all know that describing scents is the hardest thing ever, so I’ll show you my haul below and then I’d definitely recommend you go and check them out in your local store.

Autumn Candles

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Radiant Red Maple

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Brown Sugar Allspice

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Black Cherry Merlot

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Marshmallow Fireside

Winter Candles

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Frosted Cranberry

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Iced Candy

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Vanilla Snowflake

Happy Shopping!

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,