Your summer Face Of The Day for less than £25

New Look Beauty Range
With summer well and truly here now, it is about time that I start thinking about saying goodbye to full coverage foundation and berry lipsticks and hello to dewy sun kissed skin. So when I was asked if I’d like to get involved with New Look’s beauty on a shoestring campaign I jumped at the chance to update my makeup bag for a summer look.

The challenge involves spending just £25 (or less) on the beauty goodies from New Look Pure Colour collection and creating a whole makeup look using just these products. I had a good look through the beauty section on the New Look website and decided to go for:

The Pure Colour Foundation pleasantly surprised me. Typically I am not a fan of drugstore and high street foundations because I feel I need a bit more coverage and longevity, so I was a little skeptical of New Look’s offering. However I was having a really good skin day with no blemishes (woohoo!) and so the light to medium coverage of this foundation was just perfect! In lieu of a concealer, I built up the foundation more on my weak spots – under my eyes, around my nose and my chin for a more even coverage.
The Pure Colour Foundation is quite dewy which is ideal for summer, but I have quite oily skin so like to set my foundation to prevent a makeup moving around my face situation – not a good look! So I used a powder brush to swish a small amount of the bronzer over my face for a more sun kissed look and mattify the foundation.
I love the Pure Colour Bronze Baked Bronzer, it isn’t too dark for those who have paler skin and it also has a small amount of shimmer to give your skin a youthful and radiant boost. The powder is picked up very easily by the brush, so make sure you gently dab and tap off any excess because a little goes a long way! The bronzer helped to give my pasty skin a little more colour so I felt less like a ghost, and ready to head out into the sunshine.
Then using my Real Techniques blush brush I picked up some product from the Pure Colour Pink Baked Blusher, again, a little goes a long way! And I buffed as small amount into my cheekbones. I love the shade of the blusher, it is really natural looking and so I think it would suit most skin tones. I only used a small amount of the blusher to avoid my base being overpowering next to my eyes and lips.
New Look Pure Colour Beauty Range
For the eyes I used a delicate wash of the bronzer across the lids and built it up more in the middle of the eyelid which really brought out the shimmer. Then I used the Pure Colour Mid Brown Baked Eye Shadow to create some definition in the crease for a bronzed summery look. The eye shadow is really pigmented and lasted all day, which for a budget product is very good in my books! I’d definitely try out some other shades and I hope they widen the product line.
Now I did cheat a little bit here because I added a little mascara! My lashes are really blonde, so without it they look see through. However when I go on holiday later in the year I am planning to get my lashes tinted, so as this would be a great holiday look I definitely haven’t cheated…. right?!
Last but not least, I used the Pure Colour Mid Pink Lip Liner to carefully line my lips and then I filled them in. I normally find liners quite drying, but this was pretty good! Staying power wasn’t amazing, but I typically do touch up my lips throughout the day so this didn’t bother me at all. Again, I hope they bring out more shades as for just £1.99 they are a bargain.
Overall I am really impressed with the New Look beauty range because of the good quality of the products for such a great price. I really recommend the Pure Colour products that I tried out, particularly if your makeup needs to be pocket money friendly. I have my eye on a few more of their products, including the highlighter and the eye shadows palettes.
New Look Pure Colour Beauty Range FOTD
What do you think of the New Look beauty range?

October Must Haves – Halloween special

Halloween party wishlist

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It’s time for my monthly Must Haves post  and as Halloween is just around the corner now and most of us will be throwing/attending parties or heading out in spooky fancy dress. So this month, I thought that I would put together a few items that I think are amazing additions to your Halloween outfit. Hope you enjoy!

I adore this dress! It absolutely screams sexy vampire to me, but you could use wear it as a naughty devil or glam witch outfit too. This is the kind of dress that you can carry on wearing after Halloween has long gone – I’m thinking Christmas party season or even Valentine’s day!

If ever there was a time for nail art, Halloween is it. But we are busy girls and not all of us have time time to literally watch paint dry. So for girls on the go, I really recommend stick on nails so all the hard work is done for you. They are easy to put on and you can literally do it 5 or 10 minutes before you head out the door. I love the design of these House of Holland nails and think they are a great addition to any fancy dress outfit.

Violent Lips The Leopard from Selfridges, £10

Halloween is the time to go absolutely wild with your makeup and what could be wilder than this fierce lip transfer?! If you don’t want to spend a fortune on fancy dress, then the lip transfers and some eyeliner whiskers can create an outfit in an instant.

A black lipstick is pretty much a Halloween essential, but there is no need to spend a fortune when every blogger’s favourite budget brand are offering up a suitable shade for just £1 – you really can’t go wrong.

Halloween Lips Clutch from ASOS, £20

I love this Lulu Guinness inspired clutch bag so much and for just £20 I think it is an absolute steal. This is the perfect accessory for vampire costumes.

If you don’t want to go all out, but want to add a touch of Halloween to your outfit, these River Island leggings are perfect. The spider web print actually glows in the dark which is pretty cool! Just a touch of spooky without going all in.

What will you be wearing for Halloween? Which of these would you most like to get your hands on!

August Must Haves

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So with August coming to a close it is time for my August Must Haves. It has been so difficult to narrow my wishlist down to just six items, but I am definitely going to purchase all of these in the next few weeks to see me through the autumn season. So here we go…

With the weather starting to turn cooler it is time to invest in a new moisturiser. I have heard great things about the Enzymion moisturiser from LUSH, so now is the perfect opportunity to try out this moisturiser that is suitable for oily skin like mine.
I LOVE this blanket cardigan from New Look, firstly because it is burgandy, my favourite autumn colour and it also looks so cosy to wear. I’d wear this belted with a plain top and jeans or leggings for a casual autumn look.
My hair is looking a little bit worse for wear at the moment. It is in need of a good cut and some TLC. This hair masque by Charles Worthington has had some very good reviews so I am looking forward to seeing if it can nourish my dry and knotty ends.
I am looking for a new bag to use for work after the strap on my Michael Kors bag broke and I love this smart backpack. The colours are perfect for autumn, anything oxblood is a sure win in my books.
I have got my six MAC empties at the ready and I can’t wait to visit my local MAC counter to trade them in for this gorgeous shade. I love a berry lip in the autumn so this is one lippy I have been dying to get my hands on.
These ankle boots are just beautiful and I am hoping to get them for myself as a little birthday treat. I think that I will pretty much live in these boots through autumn and winter as they will go with everything.
What is on your wishlist right now? What do you think of my August Must Haves?

The Jewellery Edit

The Jewellery Edit
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After a long time away from my blog due to starting a new job and being really busy I have finally returned and I am so excited to get back into the swing of things.

I thought I’d start things off with a little post about some jewellery that I am currently lusting after. Like most girls, I am a huge fan of the sparkly stuff because it always completes an outfit – even a simple t-shirt and jeans combo.

So here are a few of my favourite pieces this month, hope you enjoy!

1 – Purple Mix Gem Chandelier Drop Earrings from Chelsea Doll, £10

With statement necklaces being a huge jewellery trend over the last few years I often find myself neglecting my earring collection. I am hoping to start collecting a few interesting pairs to wear with my hair up and I love these Chelsea Doll beauties. Anything pastel is a clear winner in my books and with the trend due to continue throughout the autumn I think these are a great transitional piece.

2 – CLARAMAE Pink Crystal Druzy Ring from Rock ‘N Rose, £22

I adore druzy rings, I don’t know if it stems back to my childhood when I liked to collect sparkly gemstones (I am such a magpie). I love that every ring is unique as the colour and shape varies due to it being a natural stone. 

3 – AMELIA Statement Necklace from Dolly Bow Bow, £14

Dolly Bow Bow’s necklaces are always stunning and I think that this Amelia statement necklace might just be my favourite so far. I think that this would work well with a pastel dress for a wedding or event and come the autumn, will look great with jumpers in complementary pastel hues.

4 – Dark Blue Clustered Gem Choker Necklace from New Look, £9.99

Sometimes bright and bold is the way to go, and this New Look statement choker necklace is a winner for me. Bright blues like this really suit my colour palate and I think this would be great to smarten up jeans and a white shirt or t-shirt.

5 – Zodiac sign Pendant from Amelia May, £10

I love a quirky pendant to add some intrigue to a simple top or dress and this Zodiac necklace from Amelia May caught my eye. I’m not a believer of star signs and horoscopes, but I think that this is great for those who are, or those who are looking for something a little bit different.

6 – Fine Filigree Tassel Earrings from ASOS, £8

I am always on the look out for interesting black earrings because they go with absolutely everything. The tassels on these are very cute and would look great with an up do for a night out instead of a statement necklace.

Which of these pieces is your favourite? What shops are you loving for statement jewellery right now?

Autumn Days: Punk Picks

Collage of Autumn Punk Fashion Pieces
bowler hat / crop tee / necklace / biker jacket / satchel / skater skirt / boots / rings

So Autumn is finally upon us, and I have to say that I am actually very happy about it. Don’t get me wrong I love the sunshine and warmer Summer months, but there is something about Autumn that just cannot be beaten. My favourite part just has to be the fashion. I love being able to keep myself toastie in thick cable knits, boots, fur coats, hats and scarves. So cosy!

I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite pieces that I have seen over the last few weeks. The punk trend is already big this Autumn so I wanted to show you my take on this style that isn’t too extreme for those who are more girly girl than edgy rocker. I bought these gorgeous boots yesterday and I have a feeling that I am going to be living in them this season, they are right on trend but also great for anyone shopping on a budget like me!

What do you think of my punk picks? Will you be rocking the punk trend this A/W? What are your punk inspired fashion finds?

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