OOTD – Sunshine & Patterned trousers


Sunglasses - Tk Maxx Top - Mango Trousers - Dorothy Perkins Bag - Zara Watch - Marc Jacobs Shoes - Primark

Sunglasses – Tk Maxx
Top – Mango
Trousers – Dorothy Perkins
Bag – Zara
Watch – Marc Jacobs*
Shoes – Primark

Happy bank holiday! This weekend I visited home and gladly the weather was on my side. Clear blue skies and scorching sun are somewhat a rarity here in the UK, so unfortunately I had not packed accordingly (see telltale sweater). On Saturday I went for lunch with my mum and sister in a lovely local restaurant, where I devoured a rather hefty portion of good ol’ fish and chips. It was a treat to be able to dine in the outside area, and although my sweater may have been inappropriate for the rays, I was grateful for it when the sun hid behind the clouds as it got a bit chilly! After leaving the restaurant I reverted back to my youth and joined the queue of excitable children at the ice-cream van; I have to say, I was pretty disappointed to discover the classic ‘99’ is no longer 99p, so my request did feel rather insincere – ha! But regardless of this minor hiccup, I enjoyed it all the same.

When the sun is shining, I suddenly become obsessed with the great outdoors. Living next to a field full of horses is really very scenic and something that I am guilty of taking for granted, so I decided to use it as the backdrop for my outfit photos. Since I have already blogged about my bag and shoes, the main feature of my outfit is most definitely my trousers. I recently picked these up in Dorothy Perkins, somewhere I never normally shop, but for this very purchase was extremely glad I did. I’ve had my eye out for some patterned trousers for a while now, but nothing has stood out as the perfect pair. With my monochrome magnet on overdrive, naturally, I was drawn to these; they are only available in the ‘petite’ range, designed for those who are smaller in height (a category which I don’t fall into). However, being quite petite width ways I managed to find a pair that fit just right, bearing in mind they are one dress size up from my usual size. I love how they can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and the cropped style makes them even more suitable for summer. Being slightly unprepared, I just threw on a casual sweater, but I’m looking forward to wearing them on a summer evening with a pair of heeled sandals and a nice blouse.

Oh, and I just had to sneak in a photo of the horse – it was too beautiful to miss out! Hope you all enjoyed your bank holiday weekend.

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OOTD – Black & Neon


Top - Boohoo Leggings - H&M Shoes - Primark

Top – Boohoo
Leggings – H&M
Shoes – Primark

First of all, apologies for the poor quality pictures – I had to take them using my Samsung tab since I didn’t have my camera on me at the time! But quality aside, at least it’s one more outfit post for you to feast your eyes upon. With neon illuminating the rails in almost every shop, it’s no surprise that it’s caught my attention this season. Whether it’s in nail polish, garment or handbag form, I feel that the sharp pop of colour can really liven up a simple outfit.

I recently ordered this top from boohoo.com after deciding that my wardrobe was seriously lacking on the casual front. The addition of the neon neckline was what drew me to this piece. I like how it stands as a substitute for a statement necklace – another of my fashion obsessions atm; and is perfect for those days when you just don’t feel like accessorising. Although you can’t see from the picture, the top also has a dipped hem which I think places a nice twist onto a traditional t-shirt cut. I teamed it with some simple black leggings from H&M so as to keep it casual.

I picked up these studded shoes in Primark in a bid to stray from wearing my boots all the time. Since the weather is proving to be unfit for sandals but too warm for a fuller shoe, I think they were an appropriate choice. I feel like I’m reliving my childhood with the t-bar style; they’re just so cute and surprisingly really comfy! Despite not sticking to my unofficial rule to ditch the all-black, I think that the splash of neon means that I can almost get away with it – almost…

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Essie & Models Own


Essie 'Mint Candy Apple' £8 Models Own 'Southern Lights' £5

Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ £8
Models Own ‘Southern Lights’ £5

A new day, a new nail polish; today I’m wearing Essie’s Mint Candy Apple and Southern Lights by Models Own. I’m beginning to stray from my predominantly monochrome wardrobe and embrace the wonderful array of pastels which complement the spring season. Despite the temperamental weather, I opted for a lustrous mint accompanied by an ever so sparkly silver and blue glitter for my feature nail.

When it comes to nail polish, Essie is most definitely up there as one of my favourite brands. Mint Candy Apple is the exact shade of mint that I was after, sitting perfectly on the colour spectrum between green and blue. After using a clear base, I applied two coats of this polish and then set it with a clear top coat. The polish applies smoothly on to the nail bed, leaving no streaks or bumps. It appears to be highly durable too; I’ve had this on for 3 days so far and not a chip in sight!

Now this may not come as a surprise, but I’m a sucker for anything that glitters, so when I laid eyes on Models Own’s Southern Lights I became enraptured by its sparkle. The polish is part of the Wonderland collection which was released around Christmas (a long time ago I know) but let’s face it, when it comes to glitter it’s never too late to jump on the bandwagon. Southern Lights comprises navy glitter with iridescent silver pieces, which really catch the light and enhance the dazzling effect. I applied two coats of this over the mint colour and the combination fits like a hand in a glove –perfect.

Have you tried these polishes before?

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High-street Pick of the Day: Topshop Cheek Duo


Topshop cheek duo

Topshop cheek duo in 'Desert Sun' £12.50 Topshop cheek duo in ‘Desert Sun’ £12.50

Before I begin, do you like my new backdrop? I have decided to escape from the confines of my little university house and spend some time at home for a few days. As much as I love university life (not so much the extensive final year workload), it’s always a treat to come back to my home comforts – as the saying goes, there really is no place like home. Unfortunately there’s more work to do than play, so the only thing that’s really accompanying me is my revision. However, I’ve been spending short breaks in my garden, where it’s been nice to sit in the crisp air and clear my mind from the stresses that work brings. I thought that it would make for a lovely setting to take some pictures for my blog, so I snapped away and am actually really impressed with how they’ve turned out!

I’ve had my eye on the Topshop cheek duo for a fair while now, after first spotting it in the Oxford Street store. Of course, I just had to make it mine and three days ago we were united. The concept of the cheek duo is really quite explicit – essentially, a two-in-one blusher and bronzer. The combination I picked up is named ‘Desert Sun’; on first impressions the design of the packaging is cute and simple, with the product itself showcasing a marbled effect which I think is much prettier than an equal distribution of the two shades. However, I was a little disappointed to discover the absence of a compact mirror, seeing as there’s a large empty space where one would fit perfectly. It’s always nice to have a fitted mirror, since it makes topping up on the go a lot easier!

The bronzing section is comprised of subtle, gold hues, making it more delicate in comparison to a deeper tan shade. The blusher counterpart complements the bronzer considerably by adding a radiant, soft, pink glow. Each side can be used in turn or can be blended together to produce a golden, coral shade. I must note that the colours aren’t very pigmented, which surprisingly, I have to say doesn’t actually bother me a great deal. Seeing as summer is fast approaching, I’m beginning to turn to lighter products for my skin which give a more ‘airy’ feel. I hate wearing thick makeup when the weather’s warmer because it makes my skin feel more congested. I think that the ‘lightness’ of this product will be rather fitting for a summer daytime look.

So for my first Topshop makeup product, the results have been pleasing. I wouldn’t say that it’s the best bronzer or blusher I have tried, but I would most certainly recommend it if you’re on the hunt for that summer-feel product. The duo combo is also highly efficient since it saves spending on two separate products, meaning you can justify buying something else too – or is that just me trying to reassure myself? Either way, it’s well worth the £12.50 price tag.

What are your thoughts on Topshop makeup? Have you tried the cheek duo?

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DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

Deep Cleansing Oil 70ml £11*

Deep Cleansing Oil 70ml £11*

I’m all for discovering a beauty product that I have never heard of or read about before, so when I received the deep cleansing oil by DHC I was both intrigued and delighted. DHC is a leading, Japanese skincare company which specialises in creating carefully formulated products using the finest natural ingredients. The deep cleansing oil is enriched with the goodness of olive oil and blended with the all important nutrients of vitamin E, which work to help unclog pores and clear the skin of impurities and makeup.
Now first things first, the only oil-based beauty products that I ever indulge in either hydrate my hair or promote tanning, so using an oil to cleanse my face was a skincare regime that I was yet to try. The product claims to dissolve makeup, but since my foundation is a thicker coverage I decided to stick to my normal makeup removal routine and apply the oil afterwards to remove any excess. Ensuring that my hands and face are dry, I dispense the product into the palm of my hand and using my free hand, carefully apply it to my face. The pump dispenser makes the distribution easier to gauge, which due to the runny solution is both a necessary and useful tool. I find that one pump is just enough to evenly cover my face without the oil dripping everywhere.
Massaging the oil into the skin is actually quite a relaxing experience, especially with the fragrant undertones of mint which works nicely as a pre-bedtime treatment. It eliminates dryness and leaves the skin feeling noticeably smoother and softer. Although I wouldn’t use this product as a replacement for my cream-based cleansers, it’s a wonderful addition. So who would have thought it? – I think I’ve acquired a new found admiration for oil-based skincare products! All hail DHC.

Are you familiar with DHC products? What are your thoughts on cleansing oils?

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Real Techniques Core Collection Brush Kit


L-R: Contour, Pointed foundation, Detailer, Buffing

L-R: Contour brush, Pointed foundation brush, Detailer brush, Buffing brush – £21.99

After reading SO many rave reviews and watching countless makeup tutorials, I was desperate to try out the Real Techniques brushes, designed by Samantha Chapman from pixiwoo. Since base makeup is my most essential beauty product, the core collection kit was a must. The brushes aim to create a smooth, flawless coverage, which was exactly what I was on the hunt for. A problem I find with my old brushes is that the bristles are quite flimsy so it’s harder to achieve an even finish. The real techniques brushes are made with fine taklon bristles that feel super soft on the skin whilst being sturdy too.

Contour brush – This is perfect for using on more delicate areas of the face. I use this brush to apply concealer around my eye area and highlighter along the top of my cheekbones. It feels light on the skin and only needs to be brushed gently to create a smooth, sheer finish.

Pointed foundation brush – This brush works best with liquid foundations. To be honest, I prefer using my MAC 190 since the brush is wider. However, the pointed tip of the real techniques is useful for creating more precise coverage around the nose and chin area.

Detailer brush – The detailer brush is ideal for cream based concealers and helps to disguise blemishes. It can also be used to apply lipstick, although I’m too lazy to do this!

Buffing brush – This is my favourite brush of the collection. I use it to apply my MAC Mineralize powder (pictured), by carefully sweeping it over my face. It provides even, full coverage and I also find it works well for blending blusher and bronzer on the apples of the cheeks. This produces a more gradual flush of colour rather than a distinct line between your foundation!

Have you tried out the Real Techniques brushes?

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