Thursday, 27 April 2017

My Favourite Places To Purchase Jewellery

After publishing this post on my new jewellery box find, I got asked lots of questions about the jewellery I keep in it. As I mentioned in that post, I don't own a lot of jewellery and I'm only just getting into wearing it more often - but the pieces that I do get, I know I'll love for months and years to come. Today I thought I'd share some of my favourite places to shop for pretty jewellery pieces:

1. Anthropologie - this is probably the most expensive I get when it comes to jewellery. I usually come to Anthropologie for beautiful statement accessories and pieces that are a bit more unique. As you'd expect, the price is a little steeper, but the quality is stunning. 

2. Urban Outfitters - I've been shopping for jewellery in UO for years now. It was always one of my first choices to find affordable pieces that were slightly edgier and interesting. When midi rings first got popular a few years back, UO was the first place I checked - and sure enough, they had a huge selection to choose from. I still have the gold ones I purchased back in 2012, and they feature in so many blog photos! 

3. Jewellery Box* - I'm very new to Jewellery Box, but ever since I first browsed their website, I wondered why I'd never shopped from them before. They have a huge selection of different jewellery, ranging from affordable to ones that have slightly higher price points. I chose to get this gorgeous white gold diamante band, and this sterling silver plain band - the quality of both of these pieces are gorgeous, and I can't wait to try more from the brand in the future. 

4. Accessorize - a classic when it comes to jewellery. They always have beautiful seasonal picks, from simple to statement, and for every occasion. The Z for Accessorize line came out a few years ago, I've been totally smitten with everything in that line too. Definitely worth checking out for high quality, affordable jewellery that lasts really well over time.

5. Oliver Bonas - I love shopping at this store for several things - homeware, gifts and jewellery. They have some stunning styles which are both on trend and classic at the same time. I've just had a peak at some of their current selection and I'm already spying several bits that I want to add to my collection!

Where do you like to shop for jewellery?


*products gifted by Jewellery Box

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Styling A Trench Coat For Spring

styling a trench coat

I don't usually write much about fashion, but if there's one thing that I love, it's the classics. I love flicking through style books that show how fashion has evolved through time and watching old movies to admire the wardrobe on set. One of my ultimate favourite pieces in my wardrobe is a classic beige trench coat. It's actually only recently that I've paid more attention to what I buy, and although I'm all up for fun, affordable pieces from Primark, I prefer to invest more in the pieces that I know I'll be wearing over and over again for years to come. Saying that, I don't quite mean I can afford to splash out on a Burberry - as much as I'd love to, it's not possible for a while. However, I've found a gorgeous beige trench coat* from Jack Wills, so I thought I'd share three ways I'm styling it for Spring. 

One of my most worn ways of wearing a trench coat is which a classic tailored shirt, some dark wash skinny jeans and pointed flats. There are so many variations of this pairing that it looks different every time. You can switch up the colour of jeans or switch up the gold accessories for silver ones, depending on what suits your personal style. I find that a fun way to tie the look together is through pointed shoes, and so I have a variety of different styles of this shoe in my wardrobe. I often buy mine from Zara, as they often have a brilliant selection and they last well too.   

A trench coat doesn't just have to be styled casually - it works great with business formal wear too. I love how sleek monochrome colours look underneath the beige, it really seems to tie the look together beautifully. I've opted for pointed black heels as I'm all about the pointed toe to elongate my (very short) legs, and the simple black and white stripes on the blouse keep it looking bold but elegant. Styled with a black bag and some subtle accessories, it's the perfect look for when you want to look formal and stylish.   

This look is the most fun, and I love how many colours there are! The red and white breton stripe is my new favourite shade combination, and paired with the ruffle  sleeves and shoulder detail, this blouse is one of the cutest I've seen. Boyfriend jeans have been in for a few years now, and they work perfectly underneath the trench, especially paired with some fun coloured mules. Mules have come around in a big way and there are so many different patterns and styles, from velvet, to fur to embroidered fabrics. 

There are so many more ways to style such a classic piece but these are three ways that I'm loving for Spring. I don't usually write too much on fashion, but let me know if you liked this type of post and I'll see if I can create some more style-related content!

What are your key style pieces for Spring?

*this post is sponsored by Jack Wills

Sunday, 23 April 2017

My Spring Beauty Wishlist

All the Spring sunshine is making me so excited for the summer, and that includes splashing out on some gorgeous new beauty bits to pamper myself with throughout the season! I wanted to share a handful of gorgeous items that have been sitting on my wishlist for most of the winter, and I know I won't be able to resist getting some of them for much longer.

Starting with skincare, the Pixi Double Cleanse is a serious contender for when my current cleanser runs out. I love the concept of double cleansing and this makes it incredibly simple - plus I've been hearing such good things about it! I've been seeing product from Verso all over Instagram lately and I'm really intrigued by their products - this facial serum is what caught my eye first, it looks incredibly luxurious and hydrating for dry skin. It's also designed to help minimize pores and even out the skin tone which is always a bonus. The Oskia oils are a serious splurge but I know I want to invest in one soon, they are raved about by everyone I know who has tried them and I want to hop on the bandwagon to see if they work for me too. L'Occitane also have some amazing beauty gift sets* on their website which I've been eyeing up recently too. I love the sound of this Sweet Cherry Blossom Trio (and isn't the packaging just so gorgeous?!). 

Speaking of pretty packaging, the Jo Malone Bath Oil in Pomegranate Noir would look so pretty on the bathroom shelf! I've been resisting purchasing it for myself because it feels like the kind of product that should be gifted, but I'm not sure I can hold out much longer with this one. I haven't tried this particular scent from Jo Malone but it seems to be one of their best-sellers so I have high hopes! 

Makeup-wise, there are a few beautiful pieces that have been incredibly popular in the beauty community over the past few months, and yet I still haven't tried them. The NYX Angel Veil Primer paired with the L'Oreal Nude Magique Cushion Foundation sounds like the perfect lightweight summer base - or for something a little more full coverage, I've been eyeing up the Becca First Light Primer and the L'Oreal True Match Foundation. Of course, with summer comes lots of bronzer, and this Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer seems perfect for the job. 

I saved a couple of my most favourite beauty releases until last - the Benefit Galifornia is the latest shade in the Benefit blush box range and it looks absolutely stunning. After swatching it in store, I know it will be the perfect warm coral peach blush shade for the summer. I'm torn between that or the Nars Narsissist Unfilterd II Cheek Palette which is possibly one of the most beautiful blush palettes that Nars has ever released. I've been seeing it all over social media and I'm tempted... (I feel like the caving will happen very soon!)

What's on your beauty wishlist this season?

*this post is sponsored by L'Occitane

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks Review

Makeup Revolution have been the centre of so many controversial debates on whether or not they are taking 'duping' too far. In all honesty, I was just excited to see some pretty lipsticks for drugstore prices, so I didn't think twice about picking up a couple to try. I ordered them both from Superdrug and they arrived really quickly (as with most order from there), so I thought I'd share my thoughts on them for today's post. 

First up, I'm going to say straight off that it's best to go and pick your shades in store for these. The website really doesn't show the colours accurately at all. Although the shade names lined up, the colours I ordered looked totally different in real life than what I expected - and for this reason, I'm stuck with two shades that really don't seem to compliment my skin tone and hair colour. 

That aside, these are some really pigmented lipsticks. They have an incredibly creamy formula which is borderline slippery, so you need to definitely pair these with a lipliner if you're wearing them for long periods of time. They aren't matte - in fact, they're actually quite glossy, so you get a very full pout which I do consider to be a good thing. 

The first shade I chose was the Revolution Renaissance Lipstick in Awaken - this is a gorgeous peach shade with heavy orange undertones. It definitely does not work with my complexion (I have a light-medium skin tone with warm undertones), but for someone with cooler toned skin, I can see this looking really lovely. The second shade I picked up was the Revolution Renaissance Lipstick in Lifelong. This is a rich rose shade with terracotta undertones, again, a shade that would far better suit cooler skin tones than mine. 

Makeup Revolution Renaissance Lipsticks Review

Saying that, there are twenty shades to choose from. I think I managed to pick two that didn't work for me, but I know I'll be looking at the rest of the shades in person next time I'm in Superdrug. It really is an intensely pigmented lipstick that looks gorgeous and applies smoothly - and for the £4 price tag, it definitely does a good job competing with other drugstore lipstick brands out there. 

Have you tried these lipsticks?

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Luminous, Dewy Skin Picks

Luminous Dewy Skin Picks

With Spring weather finally shining through, I'm all about super light bases, tinted cheeks and glowing, dewy skin. I think most of us enjoy a good bit of highlight, but I always find myself reaching for glowy products even more when the sun's out! In today's post, I thought I'd share a handful of my favourites that I know I'll be reaching for all season long:

Becca Backlight Priming Filter
This product is a holy grail for me. I love wearing it under pretty much any foundation, particularly my trusty NARS Sheer Glow. It boosts radiance, luminousity and blurs out imperfections to give the perfect dewy skin base under makeup. I have been wearing this everday without fail and a little pump goes a long way!

Beauty Pie Triple Beauty Liquid Luminizer
I feel like the Beauty Pie buzz has fizzled out a bit but I'm still really enjoying the bits I picked out from their range. This liquid luminizer is incredible mixed in with a light foundation to boost your glow. It's also lovely on its own as a soft gel-like highlight which you can blend onto the high points of your face like you would with cream highlighter.

Luminous Dewy Skin Picks

P.S... Bronze Highlight & Glow Kit
I already posted a review on this product last Thursday but it's so beautiful and I've already used it every single day since I purchased it! The palette comes with four giant pans of smooth, buttery powder highlighters that blend seamlessly onto skin to give an intense golden highlight. I'll link my full review of this gem here so that you can see swatches of just how stunning they are.

MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle 
This one is an oldie but a goodie. I wrote this post earlier this week and it reminded me how much I don't use this highlighter enough. It's a lot softer than the Glow Kit, but it's still very glowy and gorgeous - it gives more of a luminous glow rather than a golden sheen. I've put this back in my everyday makeup bag so that I reach for it more this summer, especially on days where I want some champagne shimmer. 

What are your favourite glow-getting picks for the Spring?

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