Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Abbey By Abbey Clancy Fashion Range For Matalan

I have to be honest I never though Abbey Clancy could pull this out the bag just goes to show you really never should judge a book by it's cover. 
Teaming up with Matalan she's designed a range that's modern, feminine, and affordable. 

I have been inundated with emails and messages asking about the dress I wore on Saturday night while I was out celebrating my year anniversary with the Mr. 
If you love dresses and you want to keep your look classy then I'm pretty sure you'll find something in this range to suit you. 
I have always felt the need to have my boobs on show to feel nice on a night out, but after the weekend I've convinced myself this just inst true, you can still cover up and look classy and feel nice, although getting into a size 10 dress was enough to make me feel a million dollars! 

This high neck dress features a chunky gold zip that runs the whole length of the dress, the flattering ruched material and panel stitching to the waist area all add lovely touches to this dress. 
It's made of a super soft and slightly stretchy material that hugs you, and it's so comfy to wear. The long sleeves make it perfect for the colder months, and of course means you don't need a coat! 

I teamed my outfit with a gold and black clutch bag and some glittery heels. 

Abbey Clancy High Neck Dress £30 Matalan, Gold/Black Leopard Clutch Bag £25 River Island, Glitter T Bar Heels Schuh £50, Ring Trema Large Ring £159 Swarovski. 
To be honest this dress looks far more luxurious and expensive than the £30 it's selling for, and I'm convinced that after the amount of people asking where I got it from it wont be around for much longer, It's on-line right now & I think I'm going to treat myself to the three other colours, this really will be a key piece you'll be able to wear time and time again.

Shop the dress & the rest the range at the Matalan Website

What do you think of my Abbey Dress? 

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Frontcover Cosmetics 'Looks De Luxe' Review & Giveaway!

If you've never heard of Frontcover they are a real luxury make up brand, affordable and allow you to really experiment with your look, be bolder, braver yet still look classy and elegant, Frontcover cosmetics are the perfect blend of make up and fashion, bang on trend. The shadows are highly pigmented, the brushes are great quality, and the looks that you can create using the step by step instructions make it so easy for even the most make up shy girl out there.

I adore Frontcover Cosmetics, I have worked with them several times over the past 2 years and the kit's they produce just seem to get better and better.

Looks De Luxe (£21.50)is no exception, and is your 'Party Make Up In A Box' seriously this is all you'll need for perfect party peepers this season!

As always the looks you see on the box can all be created by following the step by step instructions, and it's so much fun creating the looks, even if your a novice at make up application you will be able to use these kits.

I know so may of you follow me on Insta, and I've had a lot of questions and emails asking about my glittery eyes last night, well this is the kit I used to create the look, and it's all in the box, even the brush!
The 'Shadowbase' that Frontcover have formulated is a fantastic primer, making the pigment shadow's really 'pop' on your lids, as well as grabbing hold of the holographic glitter. Here's how I created my disco ball christmassy eyes....

I simply dotted the Shadowbase across my lid, up to the crease only, and then pressed the 'Darkly' black pigment all over my lid, and topped with some of the gorgeous holographic glitter all over.I finished the look with a fresh base and a bright red lippie, not to mention lashings of mascara.

These pictures are a little blurry on purpose to try and show you the different colours in the glitter!

I will be blogging the sprakly animal print eye very soon, keep an eye out for a second post real soon.

The lovelies at Frontcover are giving one of my lucky readers the chance to win the Looks De Luxe Kit, If you'd like to be in with a chance below it really is simple, all you have to do is comment below & select your entry in the Rafflecopter box, go on you know you want to!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In the meantime if you can't wait and you need to shop head over to the Frontcover Store right now to see what other gorgeous kits they have on offer, I warn you though buying with the intention of giving one away may not be as easy as you think, plus they look fab lined up on your dressing table ;) 


Please note this giveaway is open to UK only, really sorry! Competition ends Friday the 20th Of December and will be posted out as soon as possible to the winner. Please ensure your contactable by Facebook, Email, Twitter etc as I will need to contact the winner. 
Any questions please ask. Prize is one full size kit worth £21.50. 

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Dolce & Gabbana 'The One'

It most definitely felt like Christmas came early for me this week, the lovely people at D&G sent me this to try out, and those of you who know me, know i love my scents! 
This is a gorgeous smell for this time of year, notes of vanilla, amber, musk and each all combine to make it a warm, slightly oriental fragrance. It's really long lasting, and although I really love it i'll be saving mine for my Christmas party nights out. 

I would be very happy to get this as a gift, and its a beautiful bottle too. 

Treat yourself, you so deserve it! Pick yours up here at Boots.com prices start at £39.

Real Techniques Core Collection

I swear by these brushes, and if your stuck for stocking fillers for the beauty-a-holic in your life then these could be a great idea!
If you've never tried Real Techniques then you must, they are such good quality brushes, I know I always go on about how well the wash and retain their shape but its so true, some of my RT brushes I've owned for well over a year and they still look brand new. 

This core collection is just that, and the handy case makes it perfect for travel and beauty on the go, as well as looking very professional on your dressing table!
Real Techniques Core Collection
This set is all you need to create a 'Pixel Perfect' complexion using just 4 brushes, and you'll agree I'm sure that the foundation and concealer has to be perfect for the rest of your make up to look great!  

If you've got other RT brushes that you need to take on your travels you can mix and match into this carry case. 

The four brushes in this kit are:
from the top:
Detailer Brush which can be used to conceal imperfections, or of course as a lippie brush. 
Pointed Foundation Brush You can use this brush to build custom coverage with your liquid foundation, the pointed tip allows for precision around the nose eyes and mouth. 
Buffing Brush Perfect for setting your base with powder or for application mineral make up.
Contour Brush Great for applying your favourite bronzers, shimmers, or highlighters. 

I still love the fact that the bristles in these brushes are cruelty free, and they're made from synthetic taklon.

You can see this set along with all the other Real Techniques range right here at Boots.com this set retails at just £21.99, a fab price for amazing quality brushes.
I'll be featuring these brushes a lot in the next couple of weeks, creating all my Christmas party looks, so keep an eye out to see the flawless results.

Argan Secret Hair Products

I have been on the quest for a really moisturising yet gentle hair are range for a little while now, I was contemplating having my hair extensions put back in because my hair seemed to have ground to a haunt growth wise and I needed something to change up my routine, fast. 

I was speaking to my hair dresser and I explained my dilemma, I told her how fed up I was with my hair at its current length and she suggested looking at my shampoo and how I keep moisture in my locks, she suggested I try these products by Argan Secrets, and I'm really glad I did. 
The shampoo is sulphate free and that means no salt, this is an ingredient you'll find in all the high street hair are products, and the truth is it does nothing in the long run for your hair. Since I've been using the shampoo and deep conditioning mask, along with regular (minimal) trims it's actually given my hair a kick up the butt and it's started to grow. 

I've always had thick hair so that's fortunately not a concern for me, but I long for length, so I'm going to keep going with these products. 

I picked mine up in Sally's, you can buy them on their website right here too, they are soften on a 3 for 2 promo and cost £11.99 for the sulphate free shampoo and around £15 for the miracle masque. 

They smell fruity, yet musky, delicious. 

I have to say for the price I am impressed and it really leaves your hair feeling light and refreshed without weighing it down. 

Have you ever tried Argan Secrets? 

Eye Of Horus Mascara

Eye Of Horus has just landed in the UK, an Australian make up brand that's set to rival some of our premium beauty brands.

I really like what this brand are about, they never test on animals, or use any animal hair in their brushes, all the products are paraben free, and contain as many natural ingredients that they can pack in. 

The range of products are all made based on an ancient Egyptian formula, and ingredients , including the ever popular moringa oil, claimed by the gods for its natural beneficial beautifying properties. 

I've been reviewing the Eye Of Horus Mascara this week* and I have to say I really like it, I am always wary of straying away from my trusted brands. 

I will let you judge the results for yourself.....

Top picture shows my lashes natural, and lower picture shows them with 2 coats of EOH Mascara applied. 
Side view, really nice lifting effect to my very straight lashes! 
The mascara is safe for use on even the most sensitive eyes and is rich in natural oils and waxes, it wont sting, clump, or run. The brush is like a little lash comb and is really easy and nice to hold while applying the product.
It comes beautifully packaged in a gift nag, complete with gold wrapping paper inside, the gold logo and ribbon give it a really luxurious feel, great for a gift too.

The only niggle is that for me it's just not quite volumising enough, but I will be using this for my every day mascara its really nice and long lasting, as well as being clump free.

You can get your very own mascara right here at the Eye Of Horus Cosmetics online shop, for just £17.99, check out the other products they have too, some fab bits.


Monday, 25 November 2013

Nails Inc Crackers

I am so into the idea of cosmetics instead of chocolate that seems to be everywhere this year. 
 Instead of chocolate in your advent calendar you can have beauty products, and now you can have nail goodies in your crackers...

These are a perfect gift for any fashionista or a great idea if you need a few single gifts to give to your girls this Christmas. 

Featuring 6 seasonal shades perfect for the party season these gorgeous crackers from Nails Inc are worth a whopping £69 and they are being sold for under £30!
Nails Inc Crackers
Each cracker contains a beautiful polish and a fashion quote

Treat your dinner table, friends, or yourself to these crackers head over to the Nails Inc Shop and grab them while you can. 


Urban Decay 'The Mother Lode' & '24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil Vault'

I'm still totally wishing it was summer, going to work in the dark and leaving the gym in the dark makes me want to hibernate, not to mention having to finally say good bye to my summer clothes and shoes, anyway there's no escaping the fact that the festive season is very much upon us. 

I've been doing come window shopping and there really are some great beauty buys out there, I'll be doing a few posts over the next couple of weeks to help give you some beauty gift inspiration so weather your treating yourself, or a fellow beauty queen in your life look no further..... 
Urban Decay 'The Mother Lode' is a real luxury item, but if your an Urban Decay fan or know someone who is then they would love this I'm sure. The Mother Lode is exclusive to Debenhams and retails at an almighty £445, ouch, but they do say you get what you pay for. 

This monster palette consists of 68 luxurious shades, it allows you to create your own palette and promises the usual packed pigmented goodness you only get from Urban Decay. 

The other exclusive gift set from UD is the '24/7 Glide On Pencil Vault'
Urban Decay 24 7 Glide On Eye Pencil Vault
This set consists of 40 gorgeous shades of the award winning glide on formula eye pencil from UD, these pencils really are fab, blendable, creamy, non slip textures, in the craziest to the most toned hues of colour they really are beautiful, I would love this set I own so many of these pencils but you really could have fun with these! 

Retails at £240, but it does have money off at the moment, if stocks sell out on line then check your local store. 

Get yours now with 10% off from Debenhams.com 
(you'll only find them at Debenhams in the UK and in Ireland, so grab them while you can)

Will you be treating yourself to this, or are you asking Santa? 


Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Ben Nye Banana Powder



I've been using this powder daily for at least 6 months now, and totally forgot to share it with you. 
It's a product that i was enticed to buy after seeing it was used on Kim Kardashian as a staple setting powder, and I can see why. 

 the yellow banana tone in the powder evens out the most sallow skin tones and sets foundation beautifully. I have been really concious of my dark under eye circles,and this really has helped to balance them out, as well as stopping the concealer creasing around the eyes. Gives a beautiful matte finish, baby soft to the touch. 

I hate the dreaded 'white flash face' when you have a photo taken and you look like a ghost, this stuff really will warm your complexion but not too much. I think thanks to the yellow tone in this powder it would compliment most skin tones, if not Ben Nye do a range of the the finely milled powders to suit everyone, so if you feel washed out wearing BB cream during the summer months, grab one of the warmer shades to buff over and give your complexion a glow. 

Kim K pre blend wearing Ben Nye Banana Powder

Me wearing Ben Nye Banana Powder 
I will stick to this powder, you just can't beat the value for money it offers, which to be honest surprises me as being a celeb fave I thought it would be mega expensive! This powder held up really well in 40 degree temperatures whilst I was on holiday too, and I don't have to reapply like I have done in the past with pressed powders that just leave you complexion looking caked in make up. 

My only niggle would be the packaging design, I have decanted mine into smaller pots (an old Bare Minerals one with the sifter works fab!) as travelling with this or using it on the go would be a disaster! 

If you live in the UK you can order direct from Treasure House Of Make Up I bought the small tub, paid under £10 for mine and 6 months on it's still going, not even half way through in fact.

Get it now while you can, because thanks to Kim K and her MUA worldwide supplies are running low! 


Monday, 28 October 2013

Lipsy The Kardashian Kollection

This Kollection is set to be a sell out
Channelling the fashion and flare of each one of the Kardash sisters, I'm sure you'll find it hard to choose which pieces you just have to have. It launched on Friday the 24th of October (Kim K's Birthday) and the latest from Lipsy is that it's been selling fast.
They really have added the Kardashian touch to every single piece in this range, and I do think it's a great way of making us girlies feel a million dollars without breaking the bank, everything is under £100 (although that lace jumpsuit in the middle below..is one of the higher priced pieces, at £75, my man wont be happy)
The range has a little bit of everything, from jackets, blazers, dresses trousers & skirts, to bags, jumpsuits and clutches, there really is something to suit every budget.
As much as I'm not a huge fan of the celeb trend clothing ranges I do actually think with their love of fashion the girls actually had a lot of input into these pieces, and is a name I'd be happy to wear. One thing i do feel is it has a more luxurious feel to it than the range they did for Dorothy Perkins, could be just because Lipsy is a high street, borderline designer clothing brand that makes it feel just that little bit more high end.
Along with THAT lace jumpsuit, here are my must have pieces.....
(perfect for the party season, right girls?!) 
Animal Print Midi £55

Lace Top Peplum Dress £75
Yoke Lace Shift Dress £55
If you cant afford the clothing they have brought some very affordable accessories to the range, consisting of some fab bags.

I cant help but think what with it being Kim's birthday & her engagement last week it all seems to have fallen in neatly around this Kollection launching, great tactics girls! 

Shop the Kollection right now at Lipsy.co.uk

What will you be treating yourself to?


 photo homeeee_zps214aed0e.jpg