Thursday, 14 July 2016

The Perfect Summer Shoe feat. JD Williams

From the Sandal Footwear collection at JD Williams
If you live in the UK, you're probably far too familiar with our typical British weather, and living in Northern Ireland, I like to use the term 'summer' quite loosely. Don't get me wrong - we recently had our fair share of sunshine, but it's quickly turned back to the dull, cloudy days that we're so unfortunately used to.

I've recently teamed up with JD Williams, to bring you the perfect summer shoe. Opting for an open toe, these sandals will take you from day to night, and from sunshine to shade! It's no surprise that they're a best seller. You can browse the full range of summer suited sandals here at JD Williams.

From the Sandal Footwear collection at JD Williams

I first gave these a trial run during an 8 hour shift at work, and to my surprise I didn't have to opt for my trusty handbag 'backup shoes'. The low chunky heel, gives enough height with comfort, as does the elasticated ankle strap. I also recently wore these to my friend's graduation, and it was nice to be able to walk in a pair of heels for once.

In this blog post I've attempted to showcase how versatile this shoe is for summer, and styled some outfits for different occasions. Pick up your Sole Diva Block Heel Sandals here for only £25, and they'll be sure to take you from smart to casual. I've opted for snake skin because I'm a sucker for anything animal-esque, but they're also available in magenta or silver.

Drinks with the girls
Drinks with the girls

Summer Wedding
Summer wedding

Impromptu BBQ
Impromptu BBQ


Monday, 14 March 2016

Benefit Must Haves

All work no play means I've slacked on the blogging recently, but I've been inspired by a few Benefit pieces to get back at it. Although I'd bought this (now sold out) set at Christmas time, all of the makeup items mentioned in this post, are available for individual purchase. The 'Get Your Party On' kit retailed at £39.50 and is worth an incredible £81.50 - the best percentage saved from all of the limited edition tins that were on sale. Items in the tin include, 'Hoola' bronzing powder, 'Gimme brow' in medium/deep, 'High Beam' highlighter (which is already a strong favourite of mine), and the award winning 'They're Real!' mascara.

Two of the products from this kit have managed to creep their way into my everyday makeup bag - the 'Hoola' bronzing powder and the 'They're Real!' mascara - both award winning products. 'Hoola' is one of the very few bronzers on the market that doesn't contain red or orange pigment, giving a natural finish. It's matte colour also makes it perfect for day time - no sparkle or shine! 'Hoola' can also double up as an eyeshadow if you're in a hurry - pop it in your crease for an easy go-to eye look!

Unfortunately I wasn't blessed with naturally full lashes, so it's not often that I'll find a mascara I'm really impressed by. 'They're Real!' is one of the very few ones I've tried that actually makes a difference and makes me go 'wow', so it's no surprise that it's was the UK's best selling mascara in 2015. If you don't believe me, get your hands on one.

Sadly, I can't find any of these sets online as I'm sure they're long sold out. I watched them fly out of my local Benefit store within days, but I'd recommend investing in some single Benefit pieces. I'm dying to get my hands on their new liquid bronzer!


Sunday, 29 November 2015

Online Avenue

I've just recently discovered Online Avenue, a site selling footwear that refers to themselves as 'one of the web's best kept fashion secrets'. What's rare to find is somewhere that offers women's, men's, and kid's shoes all under one roof.  A wise woman once told me that if you buy a man shoes, he'll walk away from you. However, if you're not worried about old wives' tales, Online Avenue have footwear for everyone at affordable prices.

Online Avenue recently gifted me a pair of their Zelda Boots in grey. The suedette ankle boots have a 3.5" heel - perfect for teaming with jeans for drinks on a Friday night. If you're feeling risky then they're perfect for everyday wear too, but just a little too high for me - I can just about drive in them! Fringing was a big trend this A/W for clothing, so it's no surprise to see tassels on footwear everywhere. These Zelda boots are available in 3 other shades - black, tan, and taupe, at a bargain price of £22.99. They have an inner zip fastening and a thick and sturdy block heel. Although I'm a fan of suede, it's always going to be difficult to keep clean - I'd recommend buying a suede protector spray.

Another pair I have my eye on, with only a 3" heel (more everyday and work friendly), are the Tessa boots in black for only £23.99. They're faux leather with a buckle fastening, and a comfortable block heel. Snap up both pairs now and receive free delivery! Online Avenue are offering free delivery when you spend over £40, and free delivery worldwide for orders over £99. Selected women's shoes are currently on sale and up to 60% off, plus receive 20% off full price products with code 'Launch20'. Hurry, the code expires 4th December, happy shopping!

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Powder Contour Kit

Clockwise from top left: Vanilla, Banana, Sand, Havana, Fawn, Java

For those of you that have read my review of the Anastasia Beverley Hills Cream Contour Kit, I had mentioned how I wished that I had bought the powder kit instead - and that's exactly what I did. However, after experimenting with the cream kit, it has become part of my daily routine. I'd decided to ditch the foundation and found that the creams works great on their own, giving great coverage and easy to work into the skin with a beauty blender. Both kits retail at the same price, £39, and again I bought from the trustworthy UK website Cult Beauty.

Available in shades 'Light to Medium', 'Medium to Dark', and 'Dark to Very Dark'
Being quite pale I opted for Light to Medium, and like the cream kit, it comes with 6 different shades - 3 highlighting powders and 3 for contouring. Unlike the cream shades, I was able to find magnetic refills on Cult Beauty costing £14 each, and taking all palettes into account, there are 28 shades to choose from. I've seen many makeup artists combining shades from different sets into empty palettes - useful if you're working with lots of different skin tones.

As I normally contour with powder, I found this palette easier to work with than the cream. Powder is more forgiving - the product is buildable and easy to blend and control. As I mentioned in my previous post, I found the cream shades to be warm and a little on the orange side, even for the light palette. These powder shades seem cooler and appear more natural, suitable for part of your everyday makeup routine. I'm currently using both palettes daily - I've dyed my hair darker and the cream is especially useful for when I'm looking for a little more colour and wearing fake tan. I'll use the lighter shades to highlight the centre of my face, and gradually get darker the closer I get to the hairline (full diagram here). If you're on the super pale side, since buying this palette, Anastasia have brought out a new 'Fair' shade with lighter creams.

One problem that I have with this palette, is that the lighter shades don't show well enough on my skin for a dramatic highlight. I'll normally use banana as it's more yellow based, and I find it compliments my skin tone, but it's hard to achieve a very highlighted look with this kit. A palette that I did find worked well for this is the Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette. I had the opportunity to try it recently and found the lighter shades to be super pigmented and great for cleaning up contour lines. Unfortunately, also being an American product, I can't find it at any UK stores, and although many are showing up on eBay I'd be wary of fakes. If anyone knows of any reputable websites selling the palette, please share.

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