25.05.2018- Beauty Buys: Glossier Lash Slick & Boy Brow

Friday, 25 May 2018

When it comes to everyday beauty essentials, I'm always a bit reluctant to spend more pennies than I need to- particularly on new additions to my makeup bag. I used to regularly drop £25 here and £20 there on high end mascaras in particular, until my regular purchase was discontinued and I was lured back to Boots (probably by one of those magical 3 for 2 offers when I was a student!) Recently, I've been using L'OrĂ©al's Paris Paradise, but with that running low and a new Glossier product launching at the most opportune of moments, it seemed like a serendipitous opportunity to try something new, as well as giving me the chance to finally pick up Boy Brow (all about that free delivery!)

First up- Lash Slick. For £14, I wasn't quite sure what to expect, but this mascara is seriously impressive. I've got quite long lashes anyway so wasn't completely convinced that I would notice a great degree of difference after using this, but goodness me, it's a keeper! The brush is really easy to use, light and not at all fiddly- making it perfect for applying in a hurry first thing in the morning. The formulation is really impressive too, seeing me through the day with minimal smudging and washing off with no extra effort at the end of the day. Definitely one I'll be buying again! 

Next, Boy Brow, one of Glossier's bestsellers and a product which was on top of more or less everyone's shopping list when the brand launched in the UK last year. I was tempted to begin with, but held off from snapping it up straightaway, primarily because my brows have got a mind of their own and I was reluctant to rock the boat with them anymore than was strictly necessary. As someone who has never been all that good at colouring in within the lines, I've realised that this product is one worth using alongside my Hourglass Brow Pencil, rather than as a subsitute for it, primarily as it's quite dark in comparison to my complexion and on its own I think packs just too much of a punch. However, as a finishing touch to brush through the tops of my brows, it's great- and I'm sure the more I practice with it the easier I'll find it to use!

Have you picked up any new beauty buys recently?

(Image credit: Sarah Farrell, please do not reproduce without permission.)

23.05.2018- Most Wanted: House of Hackney x & Other Stories

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Tomorrow sees the launch of & Other Stories' latest collaboration- a very special team up with House of Hackney! Injecting an array of prints and patterns to & Other Stories' signature shapes, the collection is inspired by The Bloomsbury Group, taking Victorian florals and amping them up with a truly modern feel- a real marriage made in design heaven:

Blouse, £69/Kimono, £79/Trousers, £69/Dress, £79/Swimsuit, £35/Bag, £59/Dress, £69/Scarf, £27, all & Other Stories

If you're in the market for some summer holiday ready wardrobe hits, then you'd be hard pushed to go wrong with anything from this collection. This teal blouse is a great investment option, with the relaxed cut offering plenty of styling options, whether layered with a skirt for maximum boho impact, or teamed with jeans for a more practical look. I always find that kimonos are a great option for summer too, and this delicately printed style really captures the essence of the design era and aesthetic movement which has inspired the range. 

These printed trousers are probably my favourite piece from the collection, primarily because I love how much the pattern stands out against the dark backdrop, and can imagine them working really well styled with a plain black tee and sandals for summer. If you're shopping around for some wedding guest appropriate attire, then these white dresses are also a fantastic option- whether you're after something slightly more tailored or a smock style for a more vintage-inspired aesthetic. 

With summer holidays in mind, this striped swimsuit is another winner, and a simple statement piece which I think you'd get plenty of wear out of year after year as it has a really classic feel. The accessories from the collection also feel really high-end- I love the attention to detail on this bucket bag with the tassel detailing, and it's one of those pieces which you know you'd find yourself reaching for year after year. Finally this printed scarf- a complete classic which perfectly encapsulates the House of Hackney approach; well worth snapping up as a keepsake, don't you think?

Will you be shopping this collection?

(Image credit: & Other Stories.)

21.05.2018- What I Wore Today #334

Monday, 21 May 2018

Day to day (and especially if I'm in a rush first thing in the morning!), I tend to find myself rotating a selection of style staples- a sort of essential everyday uniform if you like. Whilst I'd love to be one of those people who plans what they're going to wear for the week on a Sunday night, I don't think I'll ever be organised enough to find the time- and, with the weather being a movable feast at the best of times, it's always something which feels a bit futile anyway! With that in mind, it's always a nice change to have a bit more time to think about what to put on for the day, especially if I'm not racing against the clock and want to give something new a whirl, as was the case recently:

Dress- c/o Boden
Bag- Cath Kidston
Shoes- Adidas (c/o Spartoo)
Sunglasses- Ray-Ban (c/o John Lewis)

How beautiful is this Boden dress?! I've had it stashed away in my wardrobe for a good few months now, waiting for the perfect opportunity to give it an airing, and with spring finally sprung it's been lovely to have the chance to style it properly. I love the contrasting print, and although I was a little bit hesitant about the more tailored shape at first, I've actually grown to really love it- especially as it feels a tad more elegant than many of the more oversized options which I usually opt for out of habit. Here's to many more wears!

Have you been styling anything new of late?

(Image credit: Hannah Hobson, please do not reproduce without permission.)
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