Thursday, 24 July 2014

Styling a Sheer Kimono | Look Two: The LBD

Coral Wedges - Primark

I was set the challenge of styling something in three ways - I chose this pretty Kimono from Chiara. White is the new black at the moment and sheer fabrics are also making a comeback, which is why I was intrigued to style this long length Kimono, which ticks three trend boxes at once! You can see look one here.

I wanted to dress up this kimono, and like I said in my last post, I think the sheer fabric contrasts best with block colours. There's no easier way to dress up than putting on an LBD! I love this polo neck one from Boohoo. I think it adds a bit of a vintage vibe paired with the long kimono. My coral wedges finish off the look with a pop of colour!

Stay tuned for the rest of my styling posts! You'll be able to find them under the label Style Challenge.

Hope you're enjoying your week! xo


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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

What's on my face #16: 'The morning after' make-up

We've all done it - late nights and one too many vodka cokes can leave you feeling terrible the next morning... Then you look in the mirror, and you're not sure what's worse. The spot that's lurking on your forehead because you forgot to take your make up off or the bags suitcases under your eyes. As a student, I've had my fair share of these nights and have put together a few products that mean I look a little more human when I have to leave my bed the next morning!
After applying a concealer like Bourjois' Healthy Mix under my eyes and on any lurking blemishes, I use their Rice Powder all over my face. I absolutely love this - it's so finely ground and slightly pink toned so colour corrects a little too. It has a little shimmer in it too which helps to illuminate the complexion too. Then I apply L'oreal's Lumi Magique concealer along my cheekbones and brow bones. I find this the best way to apply it rather than as a full on concealer as it looks more natural. This new highlighter from No7 is perfect along the cheekbones too and helps make you look a lot more awake! I always find a bright coral lip hides a multitude of sins and distracts peoples eyes to your lips rather than your tired skin! Coral also makes your skin look brighter too. 
In terms of eyes, these are three products I love. From Benefit, their creaseless cream shadow in 'Sipping & Dipping'. The photo doesn't do this pretty pink justice, but it's got a little iridescence to it. It's a peachy tone so any purple/blue tones on the eyes are gone. They're Real! mascara is a great mascara for making your eyes look wider and more awake. If I line my eyes with a shimmery white liner like Collection 2000's shadow pencil in Vanilla Sky, it gets rid of red waterlines and makes my eyes look like they've had more than 5 hours sleep...
What's in your make up survival kit after a late night?

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Styling a Sheer Kimono | Look One: Beach Trip


I was set the challenge of styling something in three ways - I chose this pretty Kimono from Chiara. White is the new black at the moment and sheer fabrics are also making a comeback, which is why I was intrigued to style this long length Kimono, which ticks three trend boxes at once! The next few posts will be based around this, as I show you how easy it is to incorporate this into your wardrobe. 

I've gone for a very summery look - perfect for a beach trip! I think with a sheer fabric, the best thing to do is pair it with block colours and bold print to provide a good contrast. The floral print on this crop sets it off so well whilst adding a real summer-vibe to the outfit. I played with lengths a little bit here too as the kimono is quite long, it looks awesome with short-shorts. Finally I'd like to introduce you to my new little baby - my new micro Zatchels satchel! My mum bought it for my birthday and it's so adorable. It's a lovely tan colour so very versatile. Ideal for little days out when all you need is your phone, purse and lip balm! 

Stay tuned for the rest of my styling posts! You'll be able to find them under the label Style Challenge.

TTFN xo 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

New from No7: Beauty enhancer, Instant radiance hightlighter, Shade & define eye shadow


 No7 has always been a brand that I've looked over. I often found the products a little too expensive for the quality. That said, they have released a handful of new products that really enticed me and of course the vouchers were floating around, so I decided to treat myself to a few bits after a good session at the counter. I went for the Brilliantly Bare Beauty Enhancer, Instant Radiance Highlighter and a Shade & Define eye pencil. Three very exciting products that are definitely worth picking up.