Sunday, 23 November 2014

Urban Decay Basics Palette

My mum and her friends recently went to New York and whilst she was there I asked her to look out for an Urban Decay Naked Palette (better late than never as it seems everyone has had one of these for years!). Because I didn't specify which one,  she kindly bought me the "Basics" palette, however I was quite pleased with this as I have so many glittery shades that it will be great for everyday use. I couldn't wait to try it and watched some Youtube videos beforehand, however they were mostly showing off palettes "2" or "3" so I decided to go ahead and create my own look.

I decided to create a graduated effect with the different tones. The palette is really about buildable colour and I felt as though I had to put a few coats of each shade on to achieve the look I wanted. I wore this look for a night out and was happy with how well it stayed on, even though I didn't use any eyeshadow primer. 

1. Venus / 2. Foxy / 3. Venus / 4. Naked 2 / 5. Faint

I'm looking forward to creating more looks with this, so let me know if you have one and how you use yours!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

ASOS SS15 Press Day

This week, ASOS held their Spring/Summer '15 press day to showcase some of their main concepts for the coming season. It had something for everyone - from the super fun to the highly sophisticated - proving that they are a simple, one stop destination for every fashion loving girl (and guy). 

ASOS themselves had split up each area into a different trend, so I thought that I would break them down even further and show you the pieces that I thought would be most wearable for next season.

The first trend I picked up on was this really cool "city chic" vibe. It was all about bags in sleek shapes and oversized, longline (yet still sophisticated) clothes. The muted tones created an almost autumnal feel which is something unique for S/S and means that there will be an alternative to the cliché pastels that are normally around that time of year. The trend also proved that the blanket cape and sleeveless waistcoat are here to stay, meaning that hopefully we'll be able to grab a few more in the January Sales and wear them over into Spring.

The second trend I picked out was this "edgy meets dainty" type of styling. ASOS showed that you can mix really quirky jewellery pieces with more delicate fabrics and prints to create a more edgy look.  The mix of gold, pearls and studs will make ASOS a sure stop for jewellery in Spring!

What are your first impressions of the styles to come?

Monday, 10 November 2014

Payday Haul

During the month of October I hardly bought any new clothes which is very unlike me! That's why when it came to payday at the end of the month I was shaking with excitement at the thought of fresh new Autumnal clothes. I tried to look for pieces that I would wear more than just a few times which is why I went for neutral tones. Here's a sneaky look into my new finds...

Every time a pack of women's Calvin's comes onto I buy them straight away as they always sell out so quickly. These are honestly the comfiest knickers ever, I love them! The mascara has a bigger brush than I would normally go for but I was desperate for a new one (all the ones I ever love seem to get discontinued)! It is good but I am still on the hunt for that perfect mascara.

Shirt Dress: Zara
(I searched the site and couldn't find a link, sorry!)

I've already worn a few of the pieces and can't wait to show you guys how I styled them. The Zara shirt dress makes me feel so chic! I know the grey H&M top seems like a boring purchase, but it's good to keep your basics stocked and I thought this was a bit different to a normal plain tee because of the sleeve detail which adds a bit of interest.

What did you guys spend your October pay check on?

Saturday, 8 November 2014

Just drinks?

Dress: ASOS (similar here and here)

I sometimes find it hard to decide what to wear for "just drinks", but when I found this dress in the sample sale at work I knew I had to have it (I even bought the same in green) as it creates the perfect outfit for when you're going out, but not "out out"!  Because the dress is such a standout piece, I chose to style it down a touch with smaller, more causal heeled sandals. I also pinned the V neck slightly at the bottom so I felt more comfortable in it. Here, I've kept the make-up natural and gone for MAC's "half and half" lip colour as not to overpower the look, however if I was to wear this dress "out out" I would go full on with a red lip and lots of eyeliner!

What do you wear for "just drinks"?