Romancing in Ruffles

Friday, 25 November 2011
Dress: River Island
Bangles: Monsoon

I was recently sent this beautiful dress by River Island. I'm absolutely loving wine reds and burgundys this A/W (my wardrobe is quickly becoming full to the brim with berry tones) add to that the floatiness, ruffles and flowers and you've got yourself a gorgeous dress for the party season! This summer saw me reignite my love for maxi dresses, and I love how I feel like a princess going to a ball when I wear this. The skirt is so floaty and pretty, different to any dress I own. The flowers are detachable but I really like them, I think they give the dress a really romantic/midsummer kind of feel. I can see me wearing this with my hair curled and to the side, to show off the flower detailing. I wish I had a ball or something to go to, this dress definitely deserves a grand outing! 
River Island are currently running a competition on their Facebook page called 'Postcards from the Past', which gives you the chance to win nine items from their 'Hustle' trend, which focuses on 70s inspired clothing, My dress is included in the 'Hustle' trend, along with loads of other really glam pieces. Definitely worth a look if you're a fan of River Island/70s-inspired fashion! 

What do you think to my dress? Have you picked out your party frock yet?

Estee Lauder Maximum Cover Review

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Lately my skin has most definitely not been at its best; I've always been prone to acne but recently it's got a lot worse and my regular foundation just hasn't been cutting it. As much as a love the coverage of Estee Lauder Double Wear, for me, it just isn't enough at the moment. It does cover the majority of my blemishes, but only after I've applied rather more than I'd like to, which isn't ideal when the foundation itself costs over £25 a pop! 

I've always been intrigued about Estee Lauder's other 'Double Wear' foundation, which I know doesn't really get much press (it's kind of hidden at the back of the Estee Lauder counter, I've no idea why they don't really like shouting about it). It's called 'Maximum Cover', and is described as a 'Camouflage Makeup' for face and body. It claims to cover tattoos, scars etc. - that suggests to me very heavy coverage. When trying it, I was pretty worried I'd look completely fake - as much as I love the 'made up' look, I don't want to look like I'm wearing a mask. I also feared it wouldn't let my skin breathe - I know some heavy foundations feel horrible on the skin so I was a bit worried about that.

I had absolutely nothing to worry about. I love this foundation. It feels so soft and smooth on the skin, and the tiniest amount is needed to cover my blemishes (that previously would take a great deal of normal DW to cover). I've actually never known a foundation that requires so little to get the effect I need - I'm a bit of a nightmare when it comes to applying foundation as I always end up putting so much on to cover my spots - this really isn't needed with this foundation. I've also never known a foundation that feels so light and air-whipped when applying. Considering it is such heavy coverage I found this pleasantly surprising. The foundation lasts well, probably on par with normal DW, and I do find myself having to touch up any shine with powder as the day goes on, but with my oily skin that's the norm with any foundation. It stays on my skin just as well as ordinary DW, but just has the edge when it comes to coverage. The only thing I will say about this foundation is that you NEED to use a primer with it. You will have such a problem applying it if you don't - it tends to stick to the skin and dry really fast, making it hard to blend. Slap a bit of primer on first and it's a dream to work with. 

Is this foundation for everyone? No, definitely not. If you like a light/medium coverage/natural looking foundation then this most definitely is not for you. If, like me, you have blemishes that need covering or really like the 'made up' look definitely give this foundation a try. The key is to use the tiniest bit and buff really well into the skin, and you'll end up with really flawless looking skin. I know a lot of people who want to cover their blemishes, but don't want the 'made up' look use this as a concealer, which is definitely another way of using it. It retails at £26.5o (same as the normal Double Wear) and I really think it is worth it. I can see the tube (so glad it's in a tube, hate glass foundation bottles!) lasting me a really long while. As for the shade range, there aren't that many to choose from, so I'd definitely suggest getting a tester first. I was a toss up between Creamy Vanilla and Creamy Tan, but went for Creamy Tan in the end for when I've slapped a bit of fake tan on!

Here's what my skin looks like with Max Cover (in Creamy Vanilla) on:

I absolutely love how my skin looks with this foundation on, and it's most definitely my current go-to foundation. Maybe if/when my skin clears up I won't feel the need to turn to it, but in all honesty I think even if my skin was better I'd still love this foundation, purely because it's like a multiplied version of the normal Double Wear, which means I don't need to use so much!

Have you tried Estee Lauder's Maximum Cover foundation? Do you prefer full coverage or more natural-looking foundations?

Shake the Glitter

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Just had to post about these amazing glittery heels I bought a few weeks ago. They're impractical, ridiculously high and I rarely go out so I'll probably never wear them - but HOW AMAZING ARE THEY?! I've never seen such pretty shoes before. I know glitter is pretty much everywhere this season (mainly on our nails and our shoes) and so many shops are bringing out pretty glitter heels, but I think these babies beat them all and they were from none other than Primark. I couldn't believe it when I saw them sitting there winking at me on the shelf, I just had to have them. They're so striking and pretty and demand attention. 

The best part? They were also a bargainous £18! Yes, they might leave a glitter-filled trail behind me wherever I walk, but I really don't see that as a bad thing! Something that really sealed the deal for me when it came to these shoes is that they are pretty much identical to a pair I've seen in Topshop recently (which cost £62, no less) although the heel is slightly chunkier on the Topshop pair. All in all, I'm in love with them and have decided I will wear them on Christmas day, even if that consists of me sitting around in my pyjamas eating Quality Streets, I don't care. They're too pretty not to wear.

What do you think to my glittery shoes? Are you embracing the glitter this season?

The Big Knit

Friday, 18 November 2011

Thought I would pop up a little post on the campaign which Innocent Smoothies has run for the past eight years. I've always been a fan of Innocent Smoothies (mango and passion fruit is my fave, so yummy) and love any brand that does something to help a good cause! Each November, Innocent adorns its smoothies with a plethora of cute little knitted hats, in the hope of raising awareness of Age UK. For each smoothie you buy wearing one of these adorable little hats, 25p is donated to the cause. 

This year, Innocent are encouraging people to take funny snaps with the wooly hats, and posting them on their Facebook page. For each photo uploaded they will donate 10p to Age UK. I think it's a great cause and I love the idea of collecting all the different little hats, so cute! I, of course, had to take a snap of Rory looking unimpressed whilst wearing his little hat. I kind of want to knit him a full-size one now! 

The smoothies with hats are available in Sainsburys and Boots stores throughout November. Will you be uploading a photo of yours to help donate?

Pretty Topshop Treats

Monday, 14 November 2011

Thought I would do a little post on all the pretty Topshop jewellery I've bought recently. I've always been a huge fan of Topshop's jewellery; as much as I love Primark's more affordable selection there is something so much more special about Topshop's range. I had been choosing Primark above the former for quite a while, but recently rekindled my love affair with all things Topshop. I adore all things animal-shaped when it comes to jewellery and they always seem to have some fantastic animal creations in, some of which I just couldn't resist. The selection above is from a fair few visits to Topshop (I didn't buy them all at once, trust me) and I absolutely love them all. 

I think jewellery can bring so much more to an outfit, and I'm most definitely a bit of a magpie so couldn't resist treating myself to some sparkly goodies. I'd noticed Topshop had started doing some hedgehog jewellery recently and I adore it so much I had to get this cute sparkly ring. The fox ring is something I've been wanting forever, and I got it half price in the sale so was pretty happy with that! I've also been spying the fox earrings for a fair while now and just had to buy them, and I've always wanted a rosary-bead-type-necklace and thought the blue shiny beads on this one were gorgeous. Also got a cute little frog necklace and the skull ring is another thing that had caught my eye - Pirates of the Caribbean anyone? I love it! Annoyed as I completely forgot to pop the gorgeous unicorn earrings I got recently in these photos, but I might do a separate post on them anyway. 

Topshop have been injecting rather a lot of weird and wonderful creations into their jewellery range lately, including lots of eye-themed and moon/star-themed pretties. Not too sure what I think to them really, but nice to see them spicing things up a bit! 

What do you all think to Topshop jewellery? Do you like the things I got?

Models Own Glitter Polishes Trio

Monday, 7 November 2011

I've been on the lookout for Models Own Juicy Jules for absolutely ages - I remember seeing someone blog about it a while back, and I was immediately entranced by its beautiful, almost holographic sparkle. Of course, I searched high and low, at every Boots store within my reach, to no avail. I obviously wasn't the only one after some of the Juicy Jules sparkle.

I had almost given up on my quest to find the ever illusive Juicy Jules when I stumbled across this sparkly set of three in River Island. As soon as I saw Juicy Jules sitting snuggly between the other two glittery polishes, I had to have it. And the best bit? It was only a tenner! Considering the polishes cost £5 separately this is really good value for money. The other two polishes are Thunder & Lightening and Pink Fizz - I've always liked the look of Pink Fizz so I'm really glad it's in this set. 

Am I impressed with the polishes? Yes, I absolutely love them. They've definitely reignited my love for glitter polishes, as much as a pain they are to get off (I actually use this to get mine off easily and find it works so well, definitely worth checking out) they look so good when on. I wore Juicy Jules the other day and I received so many compliments, and found it lasted really well too. I absolutely adore how Pink Fizz looks on, seriously impressed with its thick, chunky glitter. Thunder & Lightening is definitely my least favourite of the three, it reminds me of Topshop's Gypsy Night but isn't quite as pretty. Overall I'm really pleased with the polishes and think they will be absolutely perfect for Christmas.

What do you think to Models Own's glittery polishes? Which is your favourite?
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