Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Monochrome Summer With Shoe Zone // OOTD

Shorts - Vintage // Fedora - Primark // Crop - H&M // Watch - Daniel Wellington // Sliders - Shoe Zone

I recently teamed up with Shoe Zone and was asked to pick a pair of summer shoes that would suit me best! Shoe Zone is an affordable shoe company that has came a long way since they originally started. You may be thinking affordable shoes... Not so great quality? That's not the case here at all! The company offer a wide range of shoes and even sell brands such as 'Truffle'. I was pleasantly surprised when browsing the site by just how stylish their shoes are at such great prices.

As you can probably tell from my other posts, my style lacks a fair bit of colour and I like to keep things pretty simple, my Shoe Zone pick pretty much sums up my style completely.

These are Shoe Zone's 'Black Truffle Cross Over Pool Sliders' and I'm completely in love. Not only do I love the minimalist design of them, I love the quality. These pictures just do not show how well made they are, the rubber sole feels totally heavy duty. Although these sliders aren't real leather, this synthetic alternative looks just as good and the perforated detail gives them a stylish sports luxe feel. The sliders have a good weight to them, they do not feel cheap and light.

One thing I would mention about this shoe if you are going to order, is that if you're like me and have quite wide feet, I would go a size up, as they are pretty narrow.  Other than that these sliders are the perfect summer sandal. As you can see from the above picture I have styled them with a pair of vintage denim shorts, a fedora, striped crop top and a Daniel Wellington watch, which to me, would be ideal for a festival, holiday or even a day out sat in a beer garden. The best part about it all is that right now they are down to only £12.99!

Even if you are not on a budget, I would recommend giving the Shoe Zone website a browse - you'll definitely be able to pick up a bargain (especially since standard 2 day delivery is free!).

I hope you enjoyed this collaboration and gained some style inspo, especially if you're like me and can't seem to add any colour into your wardrobe, even in summer! 

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Sunday, 12 July 2015

Current Make Up // Favourites

Now that I finally have a new job, I've been able to buy more of the make up I actually lust after. Usually I'm very much a drug store make up kinda' girl, but since working in a department store I have been drawn into the high end market of all things beautiful!

That's not to say I don't touch low end make up anymore, because believe me I do! I will never stop repurchasing the Collection's 'Lasting Perfection Concealer' or Boujour's 'Healthy Mix Foundation'. It also hasn't stopped me bulk buying MUA's £1 lipsticks which I'm completely in love with.

I haven't provided any swatches or close ups in this blog post as Im currently awaiting a new lens for my camera, let me know if there is anything you'd like to see and I'd be happy to add them in. Also, don't forget to click the links to see more information on the products!

Elf (Eyes Lips Face) - Powder Brush
This brush is a complete miracle worker, branded as a powder brush, I think this is much more of a multi-purpose brush. I use it with both liquid foundation and powders. When used with liquid foundation, it is a perfect buffing tool - leaving the foundation looking almost airbrushed. As a powder brush this picks up quite a lot of product, I like to use it in a stippling motion, this for me gives a full, and even coverage.

Urban Decay - Perversion Mascara
This is the first high end mascara that I've ever bought, I usually stick to Maxfactor's 'False Lash Effect' but this completely knocks it off the leaderboard. The bristle wand on this mascara is everything I have been looking for, I am so fed up with hard plastic ones most mascaras have now. The formula is quite a thick consistency and extremely black. When applied it leaves my lashes so volumized whilst still managing to keep them separated.

Mac - 'Painterly' Paint Pot
This is a product which I have repurchased plenty of times. I suffer with quite translucent eyelids, where my veins tend to show through. This not only covers it completely but also smoothes them and acts as a amazing base for my eyeshadows making them last all day. Without a doubt this is a holy grail product for me.

Mac - '266' Angled Brush
I bought this brush back in 2010 in an airport on the way to London, I have used it probably every day since, and it's still going strong! I fill in my eyebrows using this brush, sprayed with Mac's 'Fix+' and dipped in Mac's eyeshadow in 'Concrete'. It's such a great brush for getting that precise, crisp bottom line of the brow.

Benefit - 'Boing' Concealer
As I mentioned previously, I suffer with quite translucent skin around my eyelids and also my under eyes. Ive tried many colour correcting concealers to counteract the blueish tone under my eyes but nothing works as well as this one. I have it in shade '02' which is quite dark for me but it's much more of a peachy/orange colour which works perfectly in covering the blue tones. This is also a heavy duty concealer, which lasts all day and covers almost anything!

Nars - 'Sex Appeal' Blush
As a person who isn't very keen on blushers, I wanted to find something that would give me a really subtle colour. 'Sex Appeal' is a stunning, very light peachy pink colour with the smallest amount of shimmer in it which helps give a gorgeous healthy glow to my skin. I enjoy wearing it on those days that minimal makeup is required, to brighten my complexion.

Mac - 'Prep + Prime' Skin Smoother
This is a product I use only for special occasions and nights out, I apply with my fingers before my foundation. I swear by this product, it works amazingly with Laura Mercier's 'Silk Creme' foundation.  By using the skim smoother my pores are hardly visible and my skin is left with a 'soft focus' like texture.

Mac - 'Concrete' Eyeshadow
This eyeshadow is what I use to fill in my brows, it is a great mid ash brown colour so perfect for blonde like me who prefer their brows to be a little darker than their hair. I also tend to use this in the crease of my eye when doing a subtle smokey eye - it's great as a transitional colour.

Nars - 'Ita' Kabuki Brush
Unlike my Elf 'Powder Brush', this Nars one was a bit of a splurge at £43, was it worth it? If you're like me and struggle with perfecting your contour then yes! This brush is super for getting sculpted cheek bones, jaw lines and even noses. Unfortunately this brush does shed slightly, but I think after a few washes it should stop.

Laura Mercier - 'Silk Creme' Foundation
I cannot begin to tell you how much this foundation has changed my whole routine. It is the foundation of all dreams, if you haven't tried it you need to! Not only does it provide the perfect colour for me, the formula is the most velvety, silky texture. It's also super for occasions where you'll be having pictures taken, as there is no flash back (which means no white cast over the skin!).

Sleek - Contour Kit 'Light'
This little duo is another drugstore product I will always repurchase, the kit comes with a contour colour and a highlight. For me the contour is a great shade for paler skin tones like myself and not to orange in colour which is a huge plus! The highlighter also is to die for - I go crazy with it! Although I do wish the shimmer was a little bit finer.

Bobbi Brown Pallet - 'Bone' & 'Caviar' Eyeshadows
Lastly, Ive been working on my new Bobbi Brown palette. So far, I have the shades 'Bone' which is a gorgeous creamy, matte,  off white colour - perfect for a base, and 'Caviar' a matte black with subtle glitter. I can't recommend this eyeshadows enough, they are really blend-able and work so well on top of my Mac Paint Pot.

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of my current make up favourites. 
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