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Thursday, 19 June 2014
I have been toying with the idea of whether or not a post or possibly posts like these would work... I buy a lot of fashion and beauty magazines every month that all talk about the upcoming trends. I get a lot of inspiration from this and it stays with me when I'm shopping for an occasion or just having a nose and I thought about putting it all into a bit of a chattier post every month.

Will start with this one and see how it goes?

This month there are two magazines I really love, Elle & Company. Elle has more of the high-end/designer side to the trends whilst Company have more of a high-street and online only clothing brands thing going on.
They both discuss three standout trends this month; Festival, The Clash & The Fresh Face.

Festival

The ultimate "I'm in the festival mood" usually involves a pair of shorts & wellies and every year the UK welcomes Download, T In The Park, Reading...etc and it is a great way to express yourself fashion and makeup wise. I love to look through the festival tags on instagram and twitter and recently I've seen a lot of kimonos, crop tops and floral headbands.

These trends fall into the bohemian, folk and rocker styles and usually on the high-street one brand will go with the one or two styles for their look books.


This is New Look's festival promotion; sporting a bohemian / rocker vibe...

Where as Forever 21 are more on the rocker / folk bandwagon...
And Topshop going along the folk trend.

I have mixed feelings on the festival trend as it is for that or for holiday. Some of the pieces I find too revealing and wouldn't wear around town or out shopping. This is where I feel brands like H&M or Primark don't style mannequins or piece items in lookbooks right and I just don't always find it appropriate for everyday wear, especially in the UK.

One of the biggest trendy items at the moment are jellied shoes.....I really do not like this trend. Personally adding a heel to them just takes it too far, I think they are a novelty item for the festivals or for holiday but pairing them with jeans or a jumpsuit when eating out at a restaurant...not really a fan.


Now I love the flower headband tend! I think it's perfect for summer, it can be dressed up or down and it isn't just for holiday or festivals. I feel like it's the perfect way to accessorize the fact summer = less makeup and can really enhance an outfit.

The Clash

This trend I saw more in Elle Magazine, It's called "The Clash" as it takes different patterned, coloured or fabric garments and piece them together. Elle reflected this throughout the whole magazine and I was very surprised on how some of the pieces actually worked. This is where I feel Elle has taken a trend which is more designer than high-street. I personally haven't seen any promotion or mannequin styling "The Clash" trend in the way the magazine does. I have seen some garments of bright colours being pieced together but usually in the "night out" or occasion section of the store.
These are some of my favoruite outfits from the magazine:

I really love this coat! In all honesty I don't know a lot about Fendi as a brand or a company but this piece makes me curious! At £2,860 I'm unfortunately going to have to let this one get away.  
I really love this wool and mohair skirt from Dior, I'm just really taken in by the pattern, especially as the patterned top it's paired with. Alas, this skirt has a hefty £2,600 price tag!

The Fresh Face

With these current fashion trends you barely see a lot of people wearing a full face of makeup, instead opting for a "fresh face". You can find so many tutorials for a look like this by putting "No Makeup Makeup Look" into YouTube, my favoruite two being Lauren Curtis & MakeupbyAmarie.

  

I really love this as a summer makeup look because if you go along with the trends, you are already adding a lot of colour and texture to your wardrobe, heavier makeup will counterbalance that.
In Elle & Company I saw some of the models with this Fresh Face Look but with a standout feature. For example; One model had no eye makeup but a very bold lip and another model had a very contoured face but nude lips and eye-shadow.

So this is just a little of what I have been loving from the magazines this month. I would really like to know what you think & whether you would enjoy reading a post like this every month.


As always, thanks for reading...

Friday, 13 June 2014
The other week, I ordered a whole haul of products, I've already reviewed the face products, click here if you'd like to read.

Lip Stains

The description says:
Achieve full coverage that lasts for hours with this long-wear formula. Enjoy silky matte colour or layer on the moisturising clear gloss for a shiny look. With key Vitamins A & E your lips stay smooth all day long.

The colours I ordered are very pigmented and look lovely as matte and gloss. Having worn these everyday for over a week, I have noticed that my lips are less prone to chap with them. Very hydrating and moisturising. I only have a small personal issue with application. I'm not a huge fan of the doe-foot when using a clear gloss over a stain. It's harder to clean and the clear gloss can end up dirty and clouded with the stain colour.

First Date

Lucky Lady

Birthday Suit



Lipsticks

The description says:

The velvety, satin texture glides on lips with vibrant colour and luminous shine. Enriched with Shea and Vitamins A, C, & E to nourish and hydrate the lips. The rich, creamy formula seals in moisture for long-lasting wear and comfort.

I definitely prefer these to the lip stains. In a similar fashion, I have noticed my lips are a lot smoother and hydrated than before. The pigmentation is a lot better, lasts longer and I prefer the application style. One thing to note is that e.l.f are changing the packaging on these as they introduce new colours. 

Flirty & Fabulous

Party In Buff

Pink Mink

Red Carpet

Wink Pink



After reviewing, I will be investing in the lipsticks as well as the brand more.

What do you think? Have you tried e.l.f products before?

As always, thanks for reading...

Tuesday, 10 June 2014
I am 1 of 146,000 people in the UK, living with Ulcerative Colitis. 

Diagnosed earlier this year, I shared my experience of discovering this. I received lovely messages from some of you and I want to carry on sharing this part of me in the hope it helps someone else.

Working Life

It has been difficult, but I have such amazing support in my job which makes it easier for me to talk to them about it all. I'm stilling building my confidence. When I work I want to deliver the best service possible, be positive and have lovely conversations. I often panic that my Ulcerative Colitis will disrupt my drive to deliver that. It is still early days of my getting it under control and with gaining confidence I hope my anxiety on the situation shrinks.

Hospital 

I'm now part of the IBD Clinic at my local hospital rather than solely under my GP. This is common practice and it means I have access to a team of IBD specialists. This has already been a benefit for me. I thought I was ok and just having some good and bad days but one of the nurses concluded I was having a flare up and needed to go back onto prednisolone. 

Diet

Having Ulcerative Colitis is still very new to me. It's been difficult coming to terms with what I can and can't eat but I've managed to make some huge steps forward. I would recommend keeping a food diary or a digital list of everything you should stay away from. I now have my own shelf with all the things I can eat. I also did some research into restaurant menus and some of the bigger companies do carry a gluten free or a "special diet" menu. I was able to go out and enjoy a meal at Frankie and Benny's with my family last week. It made me feel more normal and lessened the anxiety I now get with socialising. 

O
verall I am as healthy as I can be and very near to coming back off the steroids. I will be doing these posts now and again, I really hope that it helps someone.

Remember you're not alone with it all!

As always, thanks for reading...

Friday, 6 June 2014
I am a HUGE Country music fan so I am always excited when the award shows are on. They are always fun and full of life, but one of my favourite things is seeing all the arrival gowns.
This year, I noticed that there was a lot of black and white worn and only a few artists in pastels or bright colours. Looking back at last years fashion there are similarities in the colour scheme but I feel like last years fashion choices were riskier. However, I have picked three of my favourites from this year.

Carrie Underwood


This is my favourite outfit of the CMT carpet this year! Carrie arrived in a full length gown by Roberto Cavalli, a brilliant designer who hasn't let her down before. One of her most memorable being the 2013 Grammy Gown. Anyway, this definitely gives off the "girl next door vibe", the floral halter neck gown has a lovely larger print with a thigh-high slit up the left side and "cut out" from the neck to waistline. I am completely in love with the colour scheme, it compliments her skin tone really well and the overall fit hugs her figure but still retains that "flowing" quality...It's striking, daring and gets full marks from me.

You can recreate this as a day look with any of these dresses: 



First Dress: Dorothy Perkins (Available In Tall)
Second Dress: Dorothy Perkins (Available In Tall)

Leann Rimes


Va-Va-Voom...The leg slit made a comeback this year! Leann is wearing a stunning white Rani Zakhem gown which to me screams "Bond Girl". I really love the simplicity of this dress, you can see the obvious leg slit and deep V neck line but I really love the "wrap" center. Adding a Grecian vibe to the CMT Carpet this dress has definitely had people talking! 


Recreate this look!:


Dress: ASOS (Available in Tall)

Miranda Lambert


Doesn't she look stunning? Wearing a white and silver embellished dress by designer Celia Kritharioti, Miranda rocked this v neck, knee high dress. I think the detailing on this is fantastic and the silver belt pulls it in really well. With her hair pulled back you can really see the sheer material on the capped sleeves which has that lovely "frosted" effect. Love, Love, Love!

Recreate this look:
Dress: Next (By Lipsy)

What do you think? Any other dresses you think could recreate these looks?

As always, thanks for reading...
Thursday, 5 June 2014
A little bit about e.l.f...I started using this brand around a year ago and I ordered a set of brushes. I really liked them, they were great basic everyday brushes and I still use e.l.f brushes today but from the studio line. 
They have three lines, Minerals; products made out of natural minerals, Studio; makeup & makeup tools for professional artists/consumers and Essentials; for everyday affordable makeup. 
This brand is known for its 100% cruelty free policy, they do not test on animals or ask anyone to do so on their behalf.


The first product is the Mineral Infused Face Primer. The description says:

"Transform your face into a flawless and smooth canvas with the Mineral Infused Face Primer. Developed to combat against excess oil, flaky dryness, enlarged pores and fine lines. This clear multipurpose skin primer will prepare your skin so makeup goes on evenly for a long lasting satin finish." 

I love this product! It does exactly what it says on the bottle. The consistency is satin-smooth, has a brilliant coverage and isn't flake-y. It has a similar effect to minimizing my pores as the Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro 5 in 1 but without the moisturising quality. I don't have an overly oily complexion so I can't say too much on the combat against excess oil but it does dry matte with no shine.
I brought this in clear, but e.l.f provides them in a radiant glow; to illuminate dark spots and uneven skin tones. A tone adjusting green to minimise redness and correct blotchy skin and a brightening lavender; ideal for uneven skin tones and to brighten dull or yellow tones. I am now very tempted to try this in the tone adjusting green as in the summer you can really see the redness in the blemishes on my cheeks.

Pros:
-Affordable
-Great Coverage
-Lovely Consistency
-Non-greasy
-Minimises Pores 
Cons: 
-Would love a moisturising quality

The second product is the Studio Flawless Finish Foundation.
I brought this in the shade Porcelain which is the lightest shade they have, the description says:



"Achieve a flawless complexion with the silky smooth e.l.f. Studio Flawless Finish Foundation. The lightweight formula blends in naturally for a beautiful semi-matte finish. This liquid foundation applies easily and lasts all day for visibly brighter and radiant looking skin. Using our Flawless Finish Foundation not only restores uneven skin textures and tones, but most importantly, the SPF 15 protects your skin against harmful sun damage!"

I have a mixed opinion on this product but as I have stated in previous posts I'm not a foundations expert. A lot of the foundations I have tried recently have a very thin consistency, this has a creamy texture to it, which is what I think threw me off a little.
I
t is very smooth, blends into the skin well but it has a very quick setting time. It says it's best to use a foundation brush or sponge with this product but when I used this with my Real Techniques Stippling and Buffing brush it ended up a bit patchy. When I applied this with a sponge it created a lovely silky effect. I wore this for 10+ hours yesterday with no top up to see how long it'll last and I was very impressed. I work in a restaurant and with some shifts it can get really warm, this foundation stayed matte and in place. I haven't used this long enough to comment on the restoring uneven skin textures quality but it does leave my skin looking radiant. I really do like this product I just wish there was more to choose from in terms of shades, I think this shade would be too warm for me in the winter months.


Pros:

-Affordable
-Lasting
-SPF 15
-Matte Finish
-Build-able
-Oil Free
Cons:
-Limited shade range
-Doesn't apply well with brush
-Sets Quickly

The last product I will be reviewing is the Studio Kabuki Face Brush, the description says:



"This new anti bacterial, synthetic haired Taklon brush is softer and more absorbent and can be used with wet or dry products. Be a professional makeup artist and create a flawless look with this e.l.f. studio brush! Our handy and easy to use Kabuki Brushes provide a light to full coverage on your face or body to ensure a flawless finish. The compact brush is perfectly sized to allow for precise and controlled application of bronzer, powder, or a highlighter on your skin."

When this brush arrived I was very pleased! I have used kabuki brushes before that had harsh bristles and were hard to clean. This brush is super soft but firm and it gathers the product well with no fall out.
I really like the size, it's perfect to cover a vast area but it's easy to control.


Pros:

-Soft
-Good Size
-Cleans Easily
-No immediate bristle fallout
Cons:
-None!

There are three of the products I have recently brought from e.l.f, there are some lipsticks & lip-stains that review will be up soon!


As always, thanks for reading...

Tuesday, 3 June 2014
Modcloth is an online brand that specialises in mass-produced vintage or vintage pieces. I came across this brand whilst searching for longer length dresses, so if you have read my previous post The Fashion Problems Of A Tall Girls I would recommend looking for dresses on here.
The website provides an online customer care service with their email and phone information and a chat / ask a Modcloth stylist section for instant messaging. This is a brilliant service they provide. I use to to ask for the specific dimensions on a garment and ask if they think the size I would want to order, would be ok as some items run smaller or bigger in places due to cut or style. I have emailed in when instant messaging is offline and found they reply within 24 hours.
I have never been able to get such an amazing level of customer service from anywhere else before, they certainly go above and beyond!

What surprises me most is the customer reviews section. There is an optional section to show what your size is, what size you brought the garment in, as well as the review. Also by sectioning the rating into Fit, Length and Quality can help you filter the reviews. People add pictures of them in the garment and with being tall, I can see a truer reflection of how it could fit. The website hosts a community feeling it's something I think other brands should start investing in to.

Recently I've been loving some pieces on the website and compiled a wishlist! 



Author Outing Dress In Green


A dress like this is perfect for the upcoming summer barbecue!
It's the outfit that stands out without being too overdressed. 

The crochet detailing on the neckline and skirt adds to the shape of the garment giving an hourglass figure, but without too much emphasis on a cinched waistline. I think this would look perfect with a pair of t-bar heels/flats. Comes in a lovely Goldenrod and Rogue colour!


Storytelling Showstopper Dress

I love a cowl neck dress. I have so many already in my wardrobe but I really love the detailing on this one. If you have just finished school/university then this would be a perfect interview outfit. It's got lovely ruched panel down the middle which emphasises your figure without showing too much skin. This would go with black tights and boots so it is smart/casual with no need to accessorize.


Read It & Steep Romper

Now this outfit I wouldn't recommend for taller girls but I do really love this and hope that something like this would be available in a longer length soon. This romper would be a go to for those hotter days, whether out shopping with friends or having a picnic with the family. It'll keep you feeling cool and on trend. Floral print is big for spring and summer every year but I really love the tones of colour used in this print. This has a button up style with shirring at the waist and subtle drape style pockets, it's an all in one summer casual look.



By The Pond Top

If your a jeans a t-shirt type of person then I would go for something like this. It is a gorgeous print with small lace detailing on the sleeves. The cut if flattering on every shape. I also like the elongated underarm, makes you feel more breezy and less sweaty. This would just be a lovely statement piece with jeans and converse.




Medium Format Memory Tunic In Southwestern

I love a good zig-zag/Aztec style print and seeing this I thought it'd be a fairly similar benefit to a summer wardrobe like the By The Pond Top. This loose fitting top is for people that are more jeans and t-shirt but with a girly flare. Its V neck and comes with a matching printed tie belt so you keep it loose and put the emphasis on your bust or tighter to cinch in the waist. I think this has a lovely flowing quality to it, nice to wear for a meal out with the girls.

Essential Elegance Skirt In Black


When I saw this skirt, I instantly fell in love, so much so that I ended up ordering it! This skirt has a lovely double tiered drape that sits on the knee line perfectly. I think this is an amazing statement piece for the summer, it's very Audrey Hepburn and I am really really excited! Can't wait for it to arrive!

That is pretty much a small chunk of a huge list of items I really liked, if you haven't heard of Modcloth before I would really recommend it. If your not a vintage fashion person they also have an apartment section with wall decor, furnishings, bedding...etc.


As always, thanks for reading...

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