Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Asos Africa

It's been a few days since I posted as I had a super busy weekend and was so tired yesterday evening that I just sat in bed watching TOWIE! As some of you may know, Asos have launched a new collection called Asos Africa. The collection is Masai-inspired and combines on trend plaid and leopard print along with other African style pieces. Asos are also doing their bit by working with a small Kenyan community in order to produce the clothes to allow underprivileged communities to establish sustainable work. I think it's a great and unique collection by combining AW13 trends with traditional African wear. Here's my top picks from the collection:

You can shop the Asos Africa collection and see more of it here.


Thursday, 17 October 2013

Victorious Velvet

As we're nearing Winter now, it's the perfect time of year for an ever growing trend, velvet! It's all over the shops at the minute and is perfect for this time of year. Whether it's casual velvet shorts or the perfect velvet dress for evening drinks, you simply cannot go wrong with this trend.

Black Cross Back Velvet Playsuit - She Likes
Black Velvet Scrunchie - River Island
Navy Check Velvet Shorts - Topshop
Office Taboo T Bar Velvet Shoes - Office
Mesh Insert Velvet Bodysuit - Boohoo

I'm obsessing over velvet scrunchies at the moment and desperately want one but it's proving difficult in Germany so may have to end up ordering one on ebay! The velvet playsuit I think is gorgeous and would be a lovely winter going out outfit or even dressed down with tights and ankle boots, it's very flexible in the way it can be worn! The shoes are very classic and a beautiful maroon colour, can be worn with disco pants for a casual look or a dress for a more dressed up look. The bodysuit again would be a lovely going out piece, teamed with a skater skirt to emphasise the waist. The shorts are a little more "out there" for those who want to match two huge on point trends at the minute, tartan and velvet.


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Beauty Haul

So when I was back in the UK at the weekend I picked up a lot of new make up from Boots, Superdrug and duty free! I find the make up selection to be considerably smaller in Germany so was waiting to go home to stock up and do a proper shop! I ended up buying a lot more than I needed as per usual but I just couldn't stop buying!

Here's some of the face make up I bought:

1 - No.7 Natural Blush Tint Powder in Soft Damson £8
2 - L'Oreal Paris True Match Foundation in Vanilla £9.99
3 - 17 Miracle Matte Skin Primer £4.99 Benefit Brightening Face Primer £22.50
4 - L'Oreal Paris True Match Concealer in Vanilla £6.99
5 -  Benefit Brightening Face Primer £22.50
6 - Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light £6.49

I absolutely love the No.7 Blusher in soft damson, it's my favourite blusher of all time. It's subtle and not too in your face pink and stays on the whole day when you apply it and it's got such a super soft texture, I'd really recommend it! My favourite foundation at the minute is the L'Oreal True Match Foundation, it's very light and doesn't feel thick or heavy on the face. It's very blendable and leaves a smooth finish. I've never used the Benefit Primer but I've been advised to try it out so thought I would, I did a quick swatch of it and it seems really nice with a bit of a sheen to it, looking forwards to trying it properly! I also bought the cheaper 17 primer to compare the two at both ends of the price scale and will probably make a future post about it when I've tried them both properly! The L'Oreal true match concealer is similar to the foundation in the fact that it's light and blends well and gives a nice even coverage. Also my first time trying out the Sleek Contour Kit, a lot of vloggers and bloggers rave about this so thought I'd give it a try, I did a quick test earlier and it does seem to do the desired job well!

Here's the eye make up I bought:

1 - L'Oreal Lash Architect 4D Mascara in Black Lacquer £10.99
2 - Rimmel Glam Eyes Liquid Liner in Black Glamour £5.29
3 - Rimmel Scandel Eyes Flex Mascara in Black £6.99

As you may have guessed, I'm a big L'Oreal Paris fan and this mascara is no exception. It's a fine brush but really does wonders on your eyelashes and no clumps! So far I really like the Rimmel liquid liner after being advised it by so many people as I'd been using Max Factor and was less than impressed! It stays on all day and doesn't smudge at all. I got the Rimmel Scandal Eyes mascara free as Boots currently have an offer on if you spend £10 on Rimmel and you get it free. I've been using it the past few days and it's quite good! Not the best mascara I've ever used but for free I definitely can't complain!

Finally, a few lipsticks:

1 - Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 101 £5.49
2 - No.7 Stay Perfect Lipstick in Classic Rose £9.50
3 - Rimmel Kate Lasting Finish Lipstick in 016 £5.49
I love all three of these lipsticks and don't have a single complaint - sorry no criticisms here! The Rimmel Lipstick in 101 is my favourite from the three and is a very neutral rose pink and quite a musky colour. It matches most things I wear as it's a neutral subtle pink. This lipstick is very soft and smells lovely, I know that doesn't matter much but nice smelling things always entice me! It's hydrating too and leaves the lips feeling soft and not too dry, especially in this cold weather we've started to get (in Germany anyway!) The No.7 lipstick is a deeper pink but not too bright so can still be worn as an everyday shade but can also we worn at night too, I find this shade works both ways as it's very classic. It applies smoothly and is very nourishing to the lips. Finally, the Rimmel lipstick in 016 is more of a barbie pink. It's a very pale pink and looks very sweet and girly when on, not everyone's cup of tea but the lipstick in general I'd recommend purely for the texture and nourishment it provides!


Monday, 14 October 2013

Lust for Leather


As you may know, leather and faux leather are a massive trend at the minute storming the UK high street. It was featured a lot in PFW and LFW and is the ultimate punk look. The leather trend has been seen on many fashionable celebs including RihannaMiley Cyrus and Cara Delevingne. I've loved the leather trend since I was about 16 when I purchased my first faux-leather skirt and I wore it to death! It's remained a favourite fashion frenzy of mine and here are my favourite picks from the AW13 collections the high street has to offer:

Black Perforated PU Peplum Dress - Glamorous
Leather Biker Jacket - Mango through House of Fraser
Strapped Leather-look Bralet - Topshop
Black Wet Look Zip Front Joggers - River Island

Firstly, leather joggers are a huge trend at the minute and are my personal favourite from this small selection of (faux) leather luxuries! If you don't feel confident wearing fitted leather trousers, then these are perfect for you. They're more elasticated so have more give if you're a little bit body confident, like myself, and would go perfect with a dainty pair of strapped heel sandals or closed toe pointed heels. I'll probably put together a look with these joggers later in the week! If you're feeling super fierce and confident, you can team them with the bralet above to create a beautiful faux leather two piece. The leather jacket is a staple wardrobe item for most girls, they're so useful and cosy for this Autumn to Winter weather where it's too mild for a big coat but too cold for a thin cardigan so a leather/faux leather jacket is the perfect solution and they'll last you years, I bought my faux leather jacket from Vero Moda in 2009 and it's still doing me proud to this day! Finally, the faux leather peplum dress is a lovely option for winter night's out, whether it's to a club or even just a bar and the best part is that it's super flattering for all shapes and sizes! Pair it with a killer pair of black heels similar to these or if you're more of a statement shoe girl like myself, try something a little more out there like this.


Sunday, 13 October 2013

Terrific Tartan

So I'm aware I haven't posted in a few months but all this is changing, fingers crossed! In the past few months, I've lacked motivation, not just with blogging, with a lot of other things too but I'm finally getting back on track and have a page full of ideas written down for future posts which I'm really excited about!

I moved to Germany for my year abroad in July and have started my job, I'm really enjoying it and it's going well, I think! I've just come back from the UK for a few days as I took a couple of days off and went for a long weekend to see my family for the first time since July!

Anyway, back to the current post! Tartan is everywhere at the minute on the UK high streets and was all over LFW too. It's one of the massive Autumn/Winter trends and with good reason. I personally think tartan can suit anyone, it doesn't have to be a tartan dress or trousers but something more subtle such as a scarf or bag to tie an outfit together. I'm actually guilty of not owning anything tartan but am currently on the hunt for the perfect tartan scarf so when/if I find one, I'll let you know! Here's my top tartan picks from the high streets A/W collections:

Blue Check High Waisted Trousers - River Island
Check Tote Bag - click Mango
Tessa Red Tartan Skater Skirt - She Likes
Tartan Doll Pinafore - Topshop

I absolutely love the tartan pinafore from Topshop and it's my favourite tartan item I've seen gracing the shops so far! Pinafore's are also back this season too so this number is combining two hot trends into one super hot trend. I think the tartan skater skirt is a standard staple piece that is flattering and can be easily worn by many. The trousers are similar to one's seen on the wonderful Cara Delevingne which have boosted the popularity of tartan trousers massively as she's leading the way with that trend! Finally, the tote bag is perhaps an item for those who don't want to wear such a bold piece as the bag is a little more subtle and would be the perfect winter handbag to give an all black outfit a pop of colour.