A/W 2016/2017 Trends: Leopard Print

Leopard print is one of my all-time favourite prints. Whilst I do think it can look tacky as hell if done wrong, if worn correctly I think it looks amazing and instead has cool, rock’n’roll, Kate Moss vibes which is what I adore. I loved the rock chick look in my late teens and that love is still within me. Here are some of my fave leopard print picks!

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Brown leopard print velvet Chelsea boots £40 | Ombre Animal A-Line Skirt £36 | Dune Wide Fit Abbigail Leopard Pony Court Shoes £70 | Mini Velvet Backpack £26

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River Island Leopard Coat £80 | Backless Mule £49 | ASOS Animal Print Pleated Midi Skirt £42 | Brown leopard print block sock boots £50

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Animal Print Slip Dress £42 | Miss Selfridge Leopard Print Mini Skirt £35 | Brown leopard print velvet ballerina shoes £30 | ASOS Leopard Print Shift Dress in Jacquard Fabric £45

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A/W 2016/2017 Trends: Velvet

I love that when this time of year rolls around again velvet seems to come into fashion. I am a big lover of velvet, there’s something about the texture that just draws me to pieces. It has a luxe vibe. That being said I do mainly prefer to wear my velvet in accessories and shoe form, but there are a few pieces of clothing I would happily wear. For example, I am quite partial to a velvet skirt.🙂

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ASOS HERON Wide Fit Heeled Sandals £35 | Mango Crushed Velvet Shift Dress £49.99 | ASOS Pleated Mini Skirt in Velvet £30 | ASOS Cat Velvet Zip Purse £6

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ASOS Velvet Leggings with Elastic Slim Waist £20 | ASOS Velvet Quilted Lock Cross Body Bag £25 | River Island Velvet Block Heel Tie Up Shoe £48 | Reclaimed Vintage Blush Velvet & Pearl Layered Choker £15

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Pleated Velvet Wrap Dress £38 | Navy pleated velvet trousers £38 | Teens Shell Pink Bae Embroidered Velvet T-shirt £12.99 | Printed Velvet Camisole Top £25.99

Are you a fan of velvet?

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A/W 2016/2017 Trends: Military Jackets

From what I’ve seen and read so far this September, military styles are going to be big this Autumn/Winter. I am particularly taken with military style jackets and I can’t wait to find the perfect one! I love this selection I’ve found on the high street and will definitely be ordering a couple… But how to decide?! Which is your favourite? Maybe you can help me decide!

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Mango £99.99 | Mango £89.99 | Mango £119 | New Look £39.99

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Oasis £45 | Zara £59.99 | Marks & Spencer £99 | Zara £89.99

Bottom Row

Zara £119 | Zara £69.99River Island £65 | Free People £168

Aren’t they amazing?! I can’t wait to get onboard with this trend. I love how structured and smart it looks. Let me know your favourite!

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My Top 9 Makeup Brushes | Zoeva, Eco Tools, Real Techniques, Sigma |

I thought I’d talk about my favourite makeup brushes that I always reach for. I haven’t tried every brand going but I’m very content with my current collection and there’s no particular weak link that I feel needs to be replaced! They all serve their purpose extremely well🙂

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ZOEVA 102 Silk Finish Brush £13

This is the best foundation/base brush ever! It’s so dense and soft which makes it perfect for buffing in foundation. I much prefer this to the Real Techniques Face Brush! This brush + the beauty blender =❤

ZOEVA 127 Luxe Sheer Cheek Brush £13

I don’t generally like natural bristle brushes; I find synthetic ones perform much better. However, this one is really nice! It distributes blush beautifully and I have used it for bronzer on occasion.

ZOEVA 106 Powder Brush £13

Another Zoeva brush (FYI all of the Zoeva brushes mentioned are from the Rose Golden Brush Set £65). I think powder brushes are done well by lots of brands as they’re pretty simple in their design; they just need to be big and soft! This one by Zoeva does everything it needs to do, I use it to set my whole face with loose or pressed powder.

Highlighting Fan Brush from the Eco Tools Six Piece Day-To-Night Set £16.99

This brush is awesome for highlighting the cheekbones, nose, and chin! Much better than the other Morphe G23 fan brush I own. It does only appear to be sold in a set but the whole set is brilliant tbh so it’s well worth it.

Real Techniques Setting Brush £6.99

The is a brilliant versatile little brush! I use it to set my under-eye concealer with powder however it’s a shape that could be used for so many other things, including highlighter.

ZOEVA 231 Luxe Petit Crease Brush £9

The perfect crease brush! It’s soft and fluffy and just the right shape to get into the crease and blend, blend, blend!

Sigma E25 Blending Brush £10.25

I love this eyeshadow brush. It’s more expensive than I would like to spend but I was not disappointed with this one. It’s a fluffy but dense brush that I mainly use for applying lid colours and then blending out.

ZOEVA 317 Wing Liner Brush £8

I use this for my eyebrows with my NYX eyebrow pomade and it is just perfect for that purpose! A really great shape that allows for precision but also is not stiff. It washes well and has retained its shape, unlike other wing liner brushes I have used.

Real Techniques Blush Brush £9.99

Although its suggested use is in the name, I find this brush too big for blush. Instead, I used it for years as my face powder brush before I had the Zoeva one and since then I’ve found it perfect for bronzer! It’s soft and picks up just the right amount of product. Its size is ideal to warm up the face but not so big that it takes away all precision.

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All of these brushes have been washed multiple times too and they’re all holding up really well! I’d definitely recommend getting a pretty set of Zoeva or Eco Tools brushes, they’re really great starter sets if you’re unsure where to start with brushes. There are so many out there it’s rather overwhelming! And it all depends on the type of makeup you use as to what brushes will work best for you.

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Skincare Empties & Mini Reviews | Oskia, Pixi, Emma Hardie, Good Things, etc

Today I’m going to share my thoughts on the latest batch of skincare I’ve used up.

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Good Things Manuka Honey Cleanser | No 7 Melting Gel Cleanser | Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser | Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel

 

Good Things Manuka Honey Creamy Cleanser £4.99

This is a nice cleanser that I enjoyed because of the creamy, nourishing formula and the presence of antibacterial manuka honey. The only downside for me was that I prefer my cleansers to be safe for use over the eyes so that I can massage off any excess makeup that my eye makeup remover may have missed and this one is not appropriate for use around the eye area! For this reason, I’m not sure I would repurchase.

Would I buy again? I don’t think so

The next two, No7 Beautiful Skin Melting Gel Cleanser £9.50 and Superdrug Naturally Radiant Hot Cloth Cleanser £5.99 were mistakenly included in the photo as I forgot I’d already included them in my previous empties post, oooops lol. If you’d like to know my thoughts on them then click here!

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel £29.50

I’ve written an entire post as a review of this product which you can find here so no need for me to go into too much detail now. But in short, I think it’s nice but too expensive for what it is.

Would I buy again? No

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Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist | Soap and Glory Drama Clean Micellar Cleansing Water | Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant | Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm | Boots Botanics Hydration Burst Micellar Cleanser | Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Cleansing Pads

 

Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist £18

This product has kickstarted a new love for face mists! A ‘Princess’ product it may be but I really enjoyed using it; it feels refreshing and adds some hydration. I used it after liquid exfoliant in my routine morning and night, before going in with my serum and/or moisturiser. Not entirely necessary, but if you are skincare lover like myself I think it’s a step you’ll enjoy!

Would I buy again? Yes

Soap & Glory DRAMA CLEAN™ 5-in-1 Micellar Cleansing Water £6

This is not a great makeup remover. Despite coming in a relatively large bottle I found I had to use a lot of this product to remove a full face of makeup and it could not entirely remove all my mascara and eyeliner. There are better micellar waters around like the one I will mention below.

Would I buy again? No

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid £23.50

I’m a little bit confused by this product… I really like it but I’m not entirely sure why. Any difference it did make was subtle but I am sure I would buy it again, there was just something about it! I liked the velvety way it felt on my skin and I do think it improved my skintone and relieved some redness. It’s not dramatic but I liked using it as an exfoliant after cleansing. I did notice however that it definitely wasn’t something I could use morning and night as this was far too drying for my skin! So I only used it as part of my evening routine from then on.

Would I buy again? Yes

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm £38 (100ml)

I bought this mini last Christmas to try this cult product out and I’ve been rationing it ever since until I sadly finished it up😥 What a gorgeous cleanser! There’s something about cleansing balm that is so luxurious and nourishing! If you ever have some cash burning a hole in your pocket and want a fancy new cleanser I urge you to try it, it’s beautiful.

Would I buy again? Yes

Botanics Hydration Burst 3 in 1 Micellar Cleanser £4.99

I believe this is the third or fourth bottle of this I’ve finished, so as you can guess I really like this micellar water! It’s the best one I’ve tried so far but I will definitely still try any others that catch my eye. It removes makeup well and isn’t as drying as others on the skin, however it’s still not perfect at removing my eye makeup, but in all fairness, I do wear quite a lot lol.

Would I buy again? Yes

Nip+Fab Glycolic Fix Exfoliating Facial Pads £12.95

I think I’ll stop including these in my empties post from now on as I’ve talked about them so much on this blog it’s quite obvious I love them! They really changed my skin for the better however many years ago it was when I started using them. Use them day and night after cleansing with a gentle cleanser and before moisturising and I really hope you have the same great effects as I did. They’ll always be something I go back to I think.

Would I buy again? Yes

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Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery SPF 30 Daily Moisturising Lotion | Odylique Avocado 24 hour Replenishing Cream | Good Things Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser | Pur Soak it Up Moisturiser

 

Paula’s Choice Skin Recovery Daily Moisturizing Lotion SPF30 £25.50

I used this daily as my daytime moisturiser as it has a good SPF in it that is mineral/physical based. After reading some scary things about chemical sunscreens I decided that from now on I’d prefer to use physical sunblock (Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide). Although apparently, from what I’ve seen, it is very difficult to find face moisturisers that use only physical sunblock! I’m really happy with this find and have actually already repurchased it! With such little alternative choice available I can see myself using this for the foreseeable future! The formula is thick but if applied properly it’s not an issue and I haven’t experienced a white cast. It’s hydrating whilst making a good base for makeup, although I still do generally use a primer because why not.😉

Would I buy again? Yes, already have

Odylique Avocado 24 Hour Replenishing Cream £22

This is a gorgeous natural moisturiser that I used nightly. It is creamy and has an oily feel to it that allows for good hydration. It’s not the most hydrating I’ve ever tried, but used in conjunction with a hyaluronic serum I found it did a nice job of nourishing my skin over night. The smell is distinctly a ‘natural’ one that at first I wasn’t too fond of but over the days as I used more it didn’t bother me at all. In fact I grew to kind of like it and appreciate it’s lovely, natural ingredients!

Would I buy again? Yes

Good Things Manuka Honey Daily Moisturiser £7.99

I wish I could report ‘good things’ on this lovely affordable moisturiser however I was virtually unable to use it as every time I did it would cause my eyes to stream relentlessly with water! I admittedly do have sensitive eyes but I was crazily sensitive to this. It took me a few uses to realise that it was this that was causing it. There must be some ingredient within it that set me off or possibly it was the fragrance. However, I wouldn’t want to scare you off if you don’t have sensitive eyes as the formula is beautifully creamy! I had high hopes, it’s just unfortunate I couldn’t use it on my face, instead, I used it up as a body moisturiser.

Would I buy again? No

Pür Cosmetics Soak It Up Intense Hydrating Moisturizer £22

I didn’t find this moisturiser ‘intensely hydrating’ at all. It’s one of those gel-like, watery formulas that I personally don’t seem to find that effective. It is an oil-free formula so maybe it would be more appropriate for an oily complexion but for me, it was extremely disappointing.

Would I buy again? No

Have you tried any of these products? How did you find them? Or if you haven’t, anything you’ve now got your eye on?😉

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