Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Blogmas Day 17 - My Winter Accessories Edit

It's just over a week til Santa comes and there's no more hiding from the W word. Yes bloggers, the time has come - it's time to face WINTER head on! For someone who loves black and who's (vast) shoe collection is approximately 70% boots, I'm not a fan of all Winter fashion. Woolies to be exact are a right pain - they may look nice and snuggly, but chunky scarves are itchy, hats give me the worst hair ever and gloves make it impossible to do just about everything. 

I've filtered down a few select pieces which are my Winter staples and so put together a little A/W accessories edit if you will - hope you enjoy!

Leather & Knit Gloves - Tesco
Reservable Blanket Scarf - Primark
Bobble Hat - New Look
Tartan Gloves - Next

What are you favourite Winter warms?

Monday, 15 December 2014

Blogmas Day 16 - Forever 21 Jewellery Haul

Hii all! If you happened to catch my Small Business Saturday gift guide (read here if not), you might have a little hint at this post.
I've very much adopted that dangerous old Christmas shopping rule this year ("a present for you, a present for me") so when I was out picking up a few Christmas bits the other day, I also bought some jewellery pieces from Forever 21.

Blue Stone Ring - £2.50
Chain Necklace - £7.50
Green Stone Ring - £3.50
Blue Stone Necklace - £10

I've gotten more into wearing silver jewellery recently and love this style - slightly pewter in tone and very folksy looking. Ideally I'd prefer to actually buy them from a foreign market instead of a high street fashion store, but for the time being, Forever 21's selection is great quality and really affordable!

Hope you like!

Blogmas Day 15 - Kylie Jenner Lips

I don't watch anything Kardashian (or Jenner) centric, so until Kylie Jenner's lips became the talk of the beauty community, I had no idea who she is. It's now almost impossible to wear a pinky nude lip without some type of Kylie comparison, but I absolutely love the look, it's polished but low maintainence enough for everyday without being on constant mirror watch. Here's my take on her signature nude lip look...

Lush Mint Julips Lip Scrub - £5
Gosh Velvet Touch Lip Liner in 'Nougat Crisp' - £4.99
MAC's 'Brave' Lipstick (Satin finish) - £15
Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Lip Color in '185 Rose Dust' - £8.99

Step 1 - Apply a small amount of Lush's Mint Julips Lip Scrub and gently buff any rough skin off. Any lip scrub would do, but this one contains mint which will help to plump the lips. 

Step 2 - Line all the way around your lips using GOSH's Velvet Touch Lip Liner in 'Nougat Crisp'. I personally don't do the over-lining thing as I've got quite full lips naturally but if you want to give it a try, this is a really good video tutorial on it.

Step 3 - Fill in your lips with lipstick. I've heard that MAC's 'Brave' in the actual shade that Kylie uses but I don't know how true that actually is.

Step 4 - Apply a small amount of the Maybelline SuperStay 24 Hour Lip Colour in '185 Rose Dust' to the centre of your lips. This is a much drier consistency so it helps to lock the colour in and stop it transferring onto your teeth.

Step 5 - Once completely dry (after about 2-3 minutes) apply the lip balm and plot.

Step 6Take a pouty selfie! Completely optional but highly recommended.

Are you loving the Kylie Jenner look at the moment? What products do you use for your take on it?

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Blogmas Day 14 - My Top Glittery Nail Polishes

Helloo all - today's Blogmas post - my festive glittery nail polish picks!

At Christmas, there is no limit to the amount of glitter around (the more, the better as far as I'm concerned!), so why not add a little magic to your beauty routine for your Christmas parties with a little added sparkle?!

Barry M Nail Paint in '150 Red Glitter' - £2.99
It wouldn't be Christmas without a red glitter - surely? I wore this to my Christmas night out with my work friends with just a plain black jumpsuit and I got so many compliments on it. I've tried a few red glitter shades but this is by far the best. It's a really fine glitter - one layer of a plain red (Model's Own 'Red Alert' would be my choice) with one layer of this on top and you're ready to go.

Maybelline Color Show Brocades in '220 Knitted Gold' - £2.99
This one is a gorgeous hybrid of pale pinks, champagnes, golds and nudes. I know a lot of people think glittery nails can be quite tacky, but I think this one in particular is really sophisticated. It's fairly close to my skin tone so it's too flashy but just the right amount of sparkle.

New Look Pure Colour Glitter Nail Polish in '99 Multi' - £2.99
New Look's Pure Colour range has been on the go for a good few months now and I for one haven't seen any mention at all of it throughout the beauty blogging community. But fear not, I am here to tell you that this is probably the best multi coloured glittery nail polish of all time. I've a few multi coloured ones before like American Apparel's 'Galaxy' and Model's Own 'Ibiza Mix', but this is by far the best. There's really got a lot of glitter in it, not just the odd bit swimming around in a topcoat. It has gold, silver, green, blue and pink and I usually wear it over black.

W7 Nail Polish in 'Jade Glitter' - £1.99

Definiately a love it or hate it one, but I think this super bargaintastic one is an absolute gem. It's somewhere between a turquoise and a green - I've not seen this same shade in a glitter in any other brand!

Barry M Nail Paint (Glitterati Collection) in 'Fashion Icon' - £3.99
I know purple isn't your typical Christmassy colour, but this shade is just too amazing not to include. It's a true purple base with purple, pink, blue and silver sparkle. It reminds me a bit of Topshop's 'Plume' but, if it's possible, even prettier!

Essie 'Summit of Style' £8
Finally, finishing things off with a Christmas classic - a gold glitter from Essie's latest collection, the shade 'Summit of Style'. This one has really chunky glitter but with a lot packed in, and I like that it's slightly on the bronzier side as opposed to a brassy yellowy gold. I love this one over a true red for a full-on festive manicure!

What are you favourite glittery shades? There's always room for just one more in my collection!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Blogmas Day 13 - My Alternative Winter Wonderland!

Forgive me bloggers for I have sinned.  You might have noticed I didn't publish an Blogmas post yesturday, which really sucks cause I was doing so well, but I impulsively decided after a fairly early finish from work yesturday, to join my parents for a random little overnight at our holiday house by the sea. Anyone with a holiday home, particularly on an island, will be familiar with these 2 things...

1 - In Winter, even if you aren't going down to stay for a holiday, you need to periodically visit to check there's no water damage, damp etc. That's what this flying visit was!

2 - Small seaside communities don't get good Wifi therefore aren't great during Blogmas.

For these 2 reasons, I decided to take a day off yesturday, I'm sure you'll all understand. I thought I'd share a little bit about one of my favourite places, Millport, and why I love it even in Winter - an alternative 'Winter Wonderland' if you will!

When most people think of holiday house by the beach, they imagine sunny days of paddling, strolling along the prom with an ice cream or chilling in flip flops and sunglasses. Don't get me wrong - those things are all great (especially as they're so rare in Scotland!) but I equally love Wintery days of huge crashing waves and blustering wind. It's my happy place where I feel calm and relaxed and especially in Winter, there's something so peaceful about the abandoned beach in the pale blue dusky light.

Of course, comfort food for lunch in The Dancing Midge cafe is always a nice treat to heat up after a walk in the cold!

This is my own little Winter wonderland - what's yours?

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Blogmas Day 11 - Casual OOTN

Hi all! Last night was one of those random mid-week pub ones. We all do it from time to time - don't lie! I thought I'd show you lovely lot my outfit - all black everything!

Dress - Matalan
Bag - Forever 21
Boots - French Connection
Necklace - Topshop
Rings - Primark

Don't you love when you find a super bargainous item of clothing that looks really expensive? Enter - this £18 dress. I love it!

(Short and sweet today...!)

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Blogmas Day 10 - Christmas Book Wishlist

At Christmas, it's hard to shop for other people without eying things up for yourself, am I right? The gift-giving season seems to go hand in hand with new reads hitting the shelves - tis the season for pretty coffee table books and celebrity biographies it would seem! Today I thought I'd do a wishlist with a literary twist - no shoes or handbags in this one, today it's all about the books I'm lusting after!

Vivienne Westwood - I'd be lying if I said that Vivienne Westwood wasn't one of the main reasons why I first became interested in fashion and wanted to pursue it as a career. I still can't decide if I actually like her as a person, but she's weirdly fascinating and after some of her recent controversies, her comments on Scottish Independence and food banks, I'm definitely interested to read her story.

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead by Frank Meeink - For as long as I can remember, the whole skinhead and punk culture has fascinated me but unfortunately as it usually gets a violent and racist name, there isn't a whole lot of movies or books that focus on it. This particular book looks like an interesting read as Frank Meeink is American (while the majority of Skinhead culture is British) and by referring to himself as a 'recovering' skinhead, I can only assume he regrets being a one? I'm not sure, but it sounds interesting either way.

'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler - One of a handful of combination biographies and 'feminist guidebooks' around at the moment along with the tales of Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham,  Sophia Amoruso etc. I think Amy Poehler is really charming and intelligent and would love to know more about her.

'Everyday Sexism' by Laura Bates - Laura Bates is total inspiration of mine. I've followed her Everyday Sexism project since the get-go and am so proud of all it's achieved for opening people's minds to feminism. Her views are well researched and her delivery is always so confident yet respectful. Although it's mostly an online project, I'd really love to have a physical copy of all it's more important points.

Affluenza by Clive Hamilton and Richard Denniss - Whilst studying at university, one of my favourite areas was consumer behaviour, so much so that I wrote my graduate dissertation on it. I love finding out about how and why people purchase in the ways which they do and after the recent Black Friday nonsense, I've been looking into books about today's societies need to over consumer and our 'keeping up with the Joneses' culture.

'The Beauty Myth' by Naomi Wolf - I can't even tell you how long I've wanted to read this. This book is so well known and discussed a lot in the beauty blogging community. I'd love to be able to properly weigh in on these discussions and see what the fuss is all about with this one. 

The Print Revolution by Tamasin Doe - One of my favourite aspects of fashion design is most certainly print and again after doing a lot of print work at uni, I absolutely adore looking at the work of other print designers. This book focusses on how the rise in digital printing has affected print in fashion and is edited by the Mary Katranzou herself.

Don't Sweat The Small Stuff by Richard Carlton - I've seen Sammy from Beauty Crush talk about this in a few of her videos and how it's helped her to rationally look at problems and not get stressed out over little things. I'm an anxious worrier so would look to have a little look at this and see what all the fuss is about.

How To Be Parisian Wherever You Are by Anne Berest, Audrey Diwan and Caroline de Maigret - Nothing more than a pretty coffee table book really but who doesn't look French style and secretly with they had the style, grace and elegance of a Parisian woman? I certainly do!


What books are you hoping Santa Claus leaves under your tree this Dec. 25th? Let me know, I love adding yet more books so my ever growing wishlist!