Barry M Nail Paint – Neon Yellow

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Barry M Nail Paint - Neon Yellow 215 £2.99*

Barry M Nail Paint – Neon Yellow 215 £2.99*


My penchant for all things neon reached a new high when I received Barry M’s little pot of fluorescent goodness. For me, Barry M nail paints have always been a huge winner, and it’s safe to say that I hold my plentiful collection in high regard. I’ve had some colours for years now and they have remained gloop-free and still apply just as wonderfully as they did when they were new. Some of my higher end nail products haven’t lasted me half as long yet cost almost 3 times the price. I’m sure many of you are familiar with Barry M nail paints, but if you are not then I wholeheartedly recommend you try them!

Despite the somewhat lacklustre weather, I think that this neon yellow colour epitomises summer and will really enhance a simple outfit. Just to reiterate, this polish applies smoothly and wonderfully; I love how it has a subtle, shimmer finish too. If I haven’t already sold it to you, then I’m sure the price will – costing just £2.99, there’s every reason why this should be your summer staple.

If you follow me on Instagram (sheevamarie1), you’ll have seen my recent Zara purchase of a monochrome printed shirt which I can’t wait to sport with these nails. There’s no doubt I’ll be frequently reaching for this over the summer!

What do you think of Barry M nail paints? Are you a neon lover too?

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad & Models Own Brushes

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L'Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in 'E4 Marron Glace' £7.99* Models Own Shading & Blending Brushes (2/5) £10

L’Oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Quad in ‘E4 Marron Glace’ £7.99*
Models Own Shading & Blending Brushes (2/5) £10


Looking for a 5 minute makeup wonder? Then look no further. I love experimenting with eye makeup, but when in a hurry, I don’t always have the time to dabble with more fiddly products like eyeliners. Earthy, neutral tones are my go-to, daytime eyeshadows, and this palette by L’Oreal has become my new favourite. This nifty quad boasts 4 divine shades, each highly pigmented and enriched with shimmer particles. Like most palettes, the colour riche eyeshadows include a double-ended applicator, but I find that using a brush creates a smoother, more even finish. As a beauty product fiend, I have become no stranger to the extortionate prices of fine quality brushes, and so I was delighted to discover that the Models Own brush kit is the perfect budget buy. The kit includes 5 excellent quality brushes for just £10 – working out at a mere £2 per brush – and in no better colour than fluro-orange (hurray for neon!).

To create my look, I used just two of the brushes; I started by working the lighter eyeshadow (number 2) across the lid using the shading brush, and taking the blending brush, I used small, circular motions to blend the shadow out, particularly concentrating on the outer corners – this produces a smokier effect. On my lower lash line, I used the darkest eyeshadow (number 4) and gently brushed it across using the tip of the shading brush, gradually lightening as I reached the inner corners – this makes the eye appear brighter. I then took the blending brush to slightly blend it out, this time using a small, sweeping motion. I finished by adding Bourjois Volume Glamour mascara, blogged about here. Despite the rather wordy description, this took me no more than 5 minutes to create!

What do you think of this look? Have you used any of these products before?

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Disclaimer: I am in no way claiming to be a professional when it comes to applying makeup (I’m sure the pictures display this). I just enjoy using makeup and decided to share some tips which I have picked up from practicing over time.

OOTD – Studs & Denim

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Jacket - Gharani Strok Blouse - H&M Jeans - Topshop  BAXTER Cami - Primark Shoes - Zara Necklace - Miss Selfridge Watch - Marc Jacobs* Ring & Bracelet - Ebay

Jacket – Gharani Strok
Blouse – H&M
Jeans – Topshop
BAXTER
Cami – Primark
Shoes – Zara
Necklace – Miss Selfridge
Watch – Marc Jacobs*
Ring & Bracelet (right hand) – Ebay


After a couple of crazy and exciting weeks, I’m back to blogging business, bringing you another of my favourite kind of posts – yep, it’s the outfit of the day. I wore this last night (perhaps OOTN is more appropriate?) when my sisters and I took our pops for a belated father’s day meal. Better late than never, hey?

This soft, studded blazer is by designer duo, Gharani Strok, ‘renowned for their imaginative, eclectic mix of fabric and prints’. I love finding unusual pieces, especially when I haven’t seen similar dupes in high-street stores. It’s not the kind of garment I’d over-wear or just throw on in a hurry; I’d say it’s more of an ‘occasion’ item, but definitely one that I know I’ll always adore. This blazer is available here, but Gharani Strok designs can also be purchased internationally and in various stores across the UK, including department store, Debenhams.

The sheer blouse is from H&M, and comes complete with a cutesy collar and asymmetric hem – rather elegant yet effortless. I dressed it up with a spiked statement necklace (if you’ve read my other OOTD posts you’ll notice a recurring theme) which I think really works wonders against the studs on my jacket. To avoid overdressing, I wore my Topshop Baxter jeans which I purchased a while back in the sale. When I reached the cash desk, I expected to part with £25, but to my delight they were only £5! Can you believe it?! I certainly couldn’t and nor could the sales assistant. But hey, I don’t know anyone who isn’t game for a good bargain. I decided to turn them up at the cuffs in order to show off my recent obsessions: my Zara sandals *ahhh*.

Hope you all had a good weekend! I’d love to hear your thoughts on my outfit.

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My week at heat magazine

My desk!

My desk!

I was reluctant to begin this piece with such a cliché, but quite frankly, it’s the utter truth: ever since my pre-teen years, I’ve known that my future career will one day lie in the realm of a glossy magazine. From religiously turning the pages of my then beloved issues of Mizz and Bliss, I found myself struck by an overwhelming sense of realisation. In hindsight, it really was a no-brainer, but the 12-year old, perhaps somewhat naive me came to understand that my profound affinity for writing and my (healthy) obsession with the fashion industry could be utilised. So the next time I became faced with the number one worst question I could possibly be asked: ‘Oh you study English, so you want to be a teacher?’ I would attempt to hide my disdain and reply: ‘No, I’m going to become a fashion writer’. As confident and determined as I was (and still am), I knew that I was in for the long road. The burning truth is that as exciting and glamorous as it may seem the competition is fierce and there are millions of girls my age who aspire to the same position. I’m no professional, but I’ve heard my fair share of horror stories for example, that the industry can be mean and people will do everything and anything to try and beat you to the top spot. Luckily for me, I was in no way prepared to let this happen…

The main thing that fashion mags love to see is experience experience and some more experience, but how do you get experience with a blank cv? You have to start with nothing at some point, right? Work experience in the magazine industry is like gold-dust. So after copious amounts of perseverance, determination and patience, I eventually landed a variety of fashion writing jobs and was granted a couple of press trips to London Fashion Week. Feeling like ever the optimist, I decided to test my luck and apply for work experience at heat magazine. I applied via Go Think Big (gothinkbig.co.uk), the online platform where Bauer media and other huge organisations advertise work experience and internship opportunities, by submitting my cv and extremely well-planned cover letter (standing out is key!). After hearing nothing for over a month, my instincts told me that I hadn’t been successful. Oh, how wrong I was…two weeks ago I received a very important phone call asking me to join the fashion & beauty desk for one week’s work experience. Naturally, I was ecstatic and before I knew it, I was making my way to the head office located in the heart of central London, with Leicester Square and Covent Garden on its doorstep. Filled with a combination of apprehension, pride, but most of all excitement, I entered the building and was immediately welcomed by the lovely fashion team. I sat at my desk and was introduced to the variety of tasks that I would be performing for the duration of the week. Despite the vast amount of hard work that the heat team put in to making the magazine such a success, I was pleasantly surprised by the friendly, relaxed atmosphere in the office, causing my nerves (butterflies) and any preconceived notions to be banished. My supervisor for the week was the Junior Style Writer, Hannah Brimson, who sat at the desk next to mine. It really was a pleasure to work so closely with her; I admired her professional, light-hearted nature, and how she made me feel involved as a part of the team.

My main duties included: taking charge of press sample returns and courier deliveries, calling and answering the phone to PR companies (I felt so happy being able to say ‘Hello, heat…’), creating looks for the magazine’s ‘get the look’ feature, transcribing celeb interviews, writing ‘who wore it best’ stories for heatworld.com, price and style matching, and writing captions for the Jennifer Aniston LBD red carpet looks (which were actually printed in the mag, along with my name on the ‘this week’s burning question’ page – super cool, I know!). There was no task that I didn’t enjoy doing, I genuinely loved every minute of it – including the office perks such as the special delivery of hummingbird cupcakes! Whenever I had a query, the team were always more than happy to help, making me feel entirely in my comfort zone and most importantly treating me with respect. Seven hours (including an hour for lunch) seemed to go too fast for my liking and by the end of each working day I really did not want to leave! After completing my final day *sobs* I left heat towers with an element of sadness, but with my head held high and brimming with new-found knowledge and experience. My lovely supervisor even handed me an amazing gift to thank me for my work (as if working in the office wasn’t a treat in itself!). But it really shows that a lot of diligence and enthusiasm goes a long way, because next month I embark upon a two week placement at heat’s sister magazine, Closer. I’m confident that things will keep going up from here and I’ll be sure to pop back into the heat office to say hello to some familiar faces!

I hope you enjoyed reading about my wonderful experience. If you have any questions, then don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll try my best to answer them.

And in case you want to have a little nosey, here are the links to the stories I wrote for heatworld
http://www.heatworld.com/Star-Style/2013/01/06/Kirsten-Dunst-vs-Laura-Bailey—who-wore-it-best/
http://www.heatworld.com/Star-Style/2013/01/06/Who-wore-it-best-Dita-Von-Teese-vs-Heather-Graham/

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OOTD – Floral Kimono

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Kimono - Zara Blouse - TFNC Jeans - Miss Selfridge Bag - Mango Sandals - Asos Watch - Marc Jacobs*

Kimono – Zara
Blouse – TFNC
Jeans – Miss Selfridge
Bag – Mango
Sandals – Asos
Watch – Marc Jacobs*


It was a lovely, sunny evening yesterday and this is the outfit I wore to go for dinner (despite my solemn expression, I promise I was happy). Loose, floaty garments are ideal for the summer and so it was love at first sight when I spotted this kimono style jacket in Zara. The colours, the floral print and the tassels work so well together and surprisingly, I have found that it matches a great selection of my wardrobe.

Although the trend may be gradually fading, I still hold a penchant for all things collared, be it blouses, dresses or even a playsuit. This sheer blouse comes complete with a dipped hem and is adorned with cute, gold studded buttons. I teamed it with a cami underneath in order to save exposing my bra, stomach (and entire dignity for that matter).

I find that the majority of jeans can be quite heavy and restricting, but this pair from Miss Selfridge are actually super lightweight and have a stretchy fit; the colour is also very fitting for the current season. I turned them up at the bottom because they are a little bit big for me, and admittedly I spent a lot of the night pulling them up at the waist – hence the gathering around my knees and crotch! *hands over eyes*

I think that the bag and sandals are a nice finishing touch to my outfit. I’m so used to carrying my Zara city bag around with me lately, so it was a pleasant change to make use of this old gem. The sandals are genuine leather from Asos; they are really comfy to walk in and I particularly like the unusual two-tone design.

Hope you’re all enjoying the beautiful weather!

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P.S. Just to add, I may be away from the blogging scene this week as I begin an internship in London. It’s all very important and exciting, involving me having to sign a confidentiality agreement along the way, but I shall fill you in on my return!

OOTD – Summer Ball

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Dress - Zara Shoes - Zara Necklace - H&M Watch - Marc Jacobs*

Dress – Zara
Shoes – Zara
Necklace – H&M
Watch – Marc Jacobs*


My days at university are sadly over and the time has arrived for me to enter the big wide world *cowers behind a textbook*. To celebrate this excitingly scary milestone, my friends and I attended the summer ball, hosted by the university itself. It was a splendid evening filled with fairground rides, cocktail bars and even a cheeky performance by JLS (which admittedly, I chose not to watch).

During my trip to London (mentioned here), I visited the renowned Oxford Circus to embark upon the hunt for a dress deemed fit for the occasion. As much as I adore shopping, I soon became hot and bothered after stripping in and out of my clothes in countless changing rooms, and so settled on this turquoise number from Zara. After recovering from my fluster, it wasn’t until I got home that I really knew I’d made the right choice. The bright colour really catches the eye, perfect for the summer, and one that my wardrobe has not yet been acquainted with. The dress is adorned with a stunning lace print and is affixed by a zip down the back. In a bid to keep my jewellery minimalistic, I opted for a H&M necklace embellished with pretty white roses and diamantes – I love how the white really complements the turquoise.

In accordance with the summer theme, I became beguiled by these Zara sandals and before I knew it, I was keying in my card number. The buckle detail is super cute and I have to say that they are actually a treat to walk in – my feet survived the night without any telltale blisters or bruises the next morning, result! I can foresee that these will be my go-to pair of heels this summer; I think they’ll look divine with a pair of patterned tailored trousers and a clutch.

All in all: a successful evening and an even more successful outfit.

Post to you soon! xoxo

OOTD – Red lip & Dipped Hem

Top - Zara (old) Skirt - H&M Necklace - Primark Tights - Primark Boots - Topshop Watch - Marc Jacobs* Lip - M.A.C 'New York Apple*'

Top – Zara (old)
Skirt – H&M
Necklace – Primark
Tights – Primark
Boots – Topshop
Watch – Marc Jacobs*
Lip – M.A.C ‘New York Apple’*


This week I’ve been in London, where my days were as busy and exciting as the city itself. Let’s just say it’s been filled with copious amounts of shopping, dining out and cabaret shows – in one word, wonderful. This is the outfit I wore when I went to lunch with a fellow fashion blogger whom I befriended at London Fashion Week. I purchased this skirt from H&M last week; it’s super soft and lightweight, making it ideal for the summer. I’m in love with the dipped hem style too! I decided to wear it with a pair of black tights and my trusty ankle boots to create a sort of ‘grungy’ look, but the versatility of the piece means I can take it on holiday to wear without tights and with a pair of sandals. Adhering to the grungy theme, I dug out an old top from Zara and accesorised the look with a spiked necklace. In order to add a dash of colour to my outfit, I opted for a red lip using my current favourite, M.A.C’s ‘New York Apple’. And voila, I was good to go!

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