Thursday, 26 June 2014

charmed and dangerous ♥

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Yes, I have finally put together my yearly summer post - sadly I am not holiday bound this year but that won't stop me putting together my ideal holiday bag! When I went to Marbella last year, I may have slightly over packed, but I would rather be prepared that unprepared! The first thing I would pack would definitely be a nice hat, my oily skin and hot weather is not the best combination so a hat to pop over my face when I'm getting my tan on is always a good idea! I would also include sun cream and bronzing oil, I usually tan quite well in the sun but that doesn't mean I still don't need protection. I usually get acrylic nails when I go abroad, but last year I actually brought along my own L'Oreal nail polish into the salon for them to use. I love bright oranges and pinks - anything that goes well with a sun tan, Bourjois are perfect for this! Sunglasses are of course on the hit list, I have yet to find a pair that are similar to the pair that Kourtney Kardashian wore last year, they were gorgeous cat eye style sunglasses and they looked amazing on her.

Next is the bikini's - they are definitely my favourite part of holiday shopping - I buy too many that I only wear once but they always looks amazing! Product wise, I need a life time supply of powder, my skin is a nightmare in hot weather, it gets very oily so I need to touch up my face quite a bit. I usually swap my foundation for a dark tinted moisturiser, it definitely feels lighter on my skin. I would also bring my beloved Naked 3 dupe - this really can create a range of different looks all packed into one product! Bourjois are really bringing gorgeous bright summer shades this season so I definitely recommended you check them out - how cute is the Bourjois nail polish?! What are your beach bag must haves? Are you going anywhere nice this year? 

Thursday, 19 June 2014

lost and bound ♥

The one thing that annoys me is wearing a lip gloss for a night out, jumping in a photo and then wondering where the lip gloss on your lips has run off to. Over the years, I have slowly lost patience with constantly reapplying lip products when I am out, so when SeneGence popped their LipSense Lip Colour* in the post for me, I was eager to see whether it could withstand a night on the town. What I find even trickier is whether a nude coloured lip product can last - I find my own natural pigmentation of my lips is quite red so it can show through quite a few nude lip glosses. The shade I have been testing is called Praline Rose. To use the Lip Sense product, you simply apply the lip gloss, wait a few seconds for it to dry and then reapply another coat if you wish.
Once your lips are dry, you apply their clear gloss which seals everything together. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised with how effective Lip Sense is, the pigmentation is incredibly strong and has lasted for hours! Even without the clear gloss, it creates a lovely shade on my lips and even while I have been eating and drinking, the product has still remained. Quick and easy to use, I definitely recommend this! It is available in a range of colours, the Blu-Red shade is on my wish list! I think what is so unique about this range is that the nude lip colour really lasts and does not fade like other long lasting nude lip products that I have used in the past. You can buy one from their website for £22.00 9/10

Monday, 16 June 2014

graduate fashion week with backstage with bourjois for graduate fashion week part one ♥

I was lucky enough to be chosen by Bourjois to attend London's Graduate Fashion Week backstage, to say I was excited was an understatement. They are one of the official sponsors for the show and provided the make-up for the models on the catwalk. It was incredible seeing the renowned make-up artist Lan Nguyen and her team apply the Bourjois products to the models. There was an incredible range of Bourjois products used on the catwalk and I had the chance to ask Lan how she created the looks. One of my favourite looks that Lan created was a strong, green smokey eye. She explained that for the upcoming winter, green shades will play a big part and the look she creates with Bourjois is very bohemian inspired. The key products used to create this look included the Efect Smoky Pencil in 73 Deep Green for the waterline and bottom lash line, the Contour Clubbing Waterproof 59 in Dynamint for under the lash line, for the eyelid, the Color Edition 24hr in Light Green was used and the Little Round Pot Cream blush in 04 was used on the lips.

This look was incredibly easy to create and the Bourjois range gave incredible pigmentation without having to constantly reapply to the face. It was brilliant to see the make-up artists creating these simplistic but striking looks, I learnt so much from watching backstage and seeing the models actually wear the looks on the runway was incredible. I will be doing a part 2 of this blog post to go into more details about the Bourjois products, in the meantime I would like to say a big thank you to the lovely Bourjois team for inviting me to the show and to see how Bourjois is used on the runway!  And I also want to say how lovely it was meeting the gorgeous Em from My Pale Skin and Lorna from Studs and Dreams. A big thank you to Em for letting me use some of her photos - my camera died at the worst possible time! You can learn more about Graduate Fashion Week here and you can shop for Bourjois goodie here! 

Sunday, 8 June 2014

trial by magic ♥

When it comes to dresses, we all need at least one classic white dress - yes, a little black dress is also a great wardrobe staple but I think a simple white dress is perfect for any occasion. I was lucky enough to choose a dress from French Connection a few weeks ago and I decided on the beautiful Viven Panelled Jersey Dress* in Winter White. As you can see, the length of this dress makes it perfect for pretty much any event, I honestly don't have enough dresses like this in my wardrobe and I don't know why! The style of this dress is beautiful and the material feels so smooth, I love the panel detailing on the shoulders and mid section - it adds a nice twist to the fabric! I've paired this dress with a pair of nude heels from Office and my Massimo Dutti watch, I didn't really want to wear a chunky necklace or a bold lip colour with this dress, purely because I want the focus on the dress. I really recommend this dress as a must have for your wardrobe! I'm so pleased with how it fits and the length is really flattering - have you found anything on French Connection recently? Let me know how you would wear this dress! 
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