February 22, 2014

OOTD #22

Hello Readers,

Today I have an OOTD post for you all. It's not a very exciting outfit, however I thought I'd update my blog anyway as I've been pretty bad with keeping up with it as of lately. I'm in the middle of sorting out university related matters at the moment, I think I've decided on going to NTU so I've been applying for student finance and trying to sort accommodation out. I never realised just how expensive student accommodation can be! Looks like if I do find somewhere to live, I'll be fitting into that "broke student" stereotype rather quickly.

I quickly nipped into town today, hence the casual outfit and tragic hair that I'm sporting. I ended up picking up two sets of Primark's false nails. I'll be giving them a go and hopefully reviewing them on my blog soon, which should be pretty interesting as I've never wore fake nails before!
White Boxy Textured Tshirt - Topshop
Black Acid Wash Joni Jeans - Topshop
Black Heeled Boots - Topshop
Gold Chain Necklace - River Island
 That's all for today's post. I hope you're all well!


February 19, 2014

Outfit Inspo

Hello Readers,
I thought I'd share some outfit inspiration with you all today as I've lately found myself eyeing up so many pieces online which I sadly cannot afford so the very least I can do is virtually style them. Most of the pieces I've featured in this post are actually really affordable, aside from the shoes which will break the bank however they're just so amazing I had to include them in this post. I've really fallen in love with the Jeffrey Campbell Scullys, which was rather unexpected as at first I wasn't sure what I thought to them. Now I'm desperate to get my hands on a pair, or preferably a cheaper dupe! So with that being said, if anyone knows of any dupes please let me know. I need some shoes like this in my life!

February 10, 2014

Shop The Stash

Hello Readers,
I was recently looking through my make-up collection when I realised just how many products I have that I just don't ever seem to use. I'm not by any means the worst for hoarding make-up, however I do go through phases where I'll buy a few products all at once and some just seem to never get used as I get overwhelmed having so many new things to try out. I've decided to "Shop My Stash" in other words, instead of going out and buying more unnecessary products I'm going to use some of the ones that I've neglected. I've chose a good range of products some which I have used, others which I have not. I aim to review these products in the near future and hopefully I'll have some new favourite products to share with you all!
The products that I've challenged myself to start using are;
Dainty Doll Concealer Shade 1
As you can see I've used this product a few times but not enough to have fully formed an opinion on it. I'm starting to run out of my beloved Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer so it's perfect timing for me to give this one a go.
Rimmel "Stay Blushed" Cheek Tint in 004 Sunkissed Cherry
Okay, I know I got this a while ago but I'm pretty sure I've only used it once. How terrible of me! I was meant to try this out so I could review it for my blog however I just never seemed to reach for it. It's very intensely pigmented and I think that might be what scares me!
  MaxFactor Xperience Foundation in the shade Light Ivory.
This actually used to be my go to foundation before I came across my Gosh BB Cream. I've used this since I was about 15 years old, (not this exact tube of course) and really like it. It really does live up to it's claims and can't wait to start using it again!
Collection's Work the Colour Eyeshadow Pencil in the shade Vanilla Sky.
 I've used this quite a few times and it's a great product, particularly for highlighting the inner corners. However as I don't actually bother doing anything exciting for my everyday makeup. I find that I don't reach for this at all which is a shame.
Urban Decay Cream Shadow in the shade Suburbia.
Again, I've used this a few times however because I literally don't bother much with eye make-up, I've found that it just doesn't get the use it deserves. It's a beautiful little product which I'm going to start using more often.
 ELF HD Blush in the shade Superstar.
I featured this in my
ELF haul post back in November. In which I said I was yet to actually try the product, but from swatching it, it looked promising. Well I'm a bad blogger and haven't used it at all since! I really need to give it a go and hopefully will be able to review it for you all very soon.

That's all for this post. I hope you're all well!
I shall report back to you on my findings some time soon.

February 09, 2014

Beauty Photoshoot #3

Hello Readers,
Today I will be sharing with you a few images from another beauty photoshoot that I recently did.I teamed up with model Halo Haynes and MUA Jessica Rose Pykett to create 3 different looks. This shoot was arranged by Jessica herself and I'm very flattered to have been picked to photograph these looks she created.

That's all for this post! I know I've been really absent with my blog lately, I really need to push myself to start trying harder with it. Hopefully I'll either do a review or an OOTD post tomorrow. I'm still yet to show how I style some of the pieces from my recent massive haul so I've got plenty to be blogging about!

Also, I'm really wanting to do some more shoots at the moment so if you're a Model or MUA who want to collaborate on a shoot with me. Get in touch!

I hope you're all well.

Halo's Modelling Portfolio | Jessica's Portfolio | My Photography Page


February 02, 2014

Huge Collective Haul

Hello Readers,

Today I have a rather large collective haul to show you. These are things that I've accumulated throughout mid December to mid January time. Majority of the items I have purchased myself however a few of them are Christmas presents which I wanted to include as well. So enough chit chat and on with the haul!
The first item I have to show you is this absolutely beautiful Skort which I got from Topshop. If you keep up with my blog, you'll know that I'm a monochrome kind of girl and tend not to wear any sort of colour. However I just couldn't resist this piece. The moment I saw it in store I knew I had to have it and after a few days thought, I went back and snapped it up. It's a beautiful thick satin material and is in this lovely peachy orange colour which is a colour I don't think I have in my wardrobe whatsoever. This skort is £40 which is rather pricey but for the quality of the material, I think it's worth it.  
Next up is this adorable little jumper which would you believe it or not was from Primark! This is something I'd easily pay quite a bit of money from in any high street store but it was only £12 which is such a good price for something as cute as this! I've worn this quite a few times since picking it up and can see it quickly becoming a regular go to piece.
Next is another surprising Primark piece and it's one that you may have seen before as I know it's really popular with bloggers right now. It's this lovely cropped fluffy high neck jumper which was only £10. They do this in a few different colours however I went with the creamy white colour as it's the one I felt I could get the most use out of. If you like the look of this, I highly recommend picking it up asap as I'm sure this will sell out fast!  
Next are these statement poppy jacquard treggings which I featured in my Topshop wishlist post back in December. I very kindly received them as a Christmas present from my Mum which I'm very grateful for. These are essentially just printed disco pants so naturally I was very drawn to them as I'm a big fan of the AA disco pants. As they're such a statement piece they're really easy to style, I like to wear them with just a simple black jumper and heeled boots. A simple, comfy yet quirky outfit due to the print of the treggings. These are available from Topshop and cost £28.
Next item is this Asymmetric Bandage Skirt from Missguided. This was also a Christmas present, however this one was from my boyfriend, Chris. This skirt is a classic staple piece which I know I'm going to get a lot of wear out of. The asymmetric cut makes it stand out in comparison to your traditional black skirt and can give a quirky edge to any outfit. This skirt is still available on Missguided and retails for £19.99 which is fantastic value. I've featured it in an OOTD post on my instagram which you can check out by clicking here. 
Next item is this lovely little skater skirt from Primark. It's a lovely red wine colour although in the photo it's coming up rather bright so apologies for that. I picked this up on my hunt for a red velvet skirt, however they didn't have the velvet ones in my size so I went with this faux silk one instead. It's a beautiful piece and came in handy during the festive period! I can't remember the exact price of this skirt however I think it was around £6.
Next up is another item from Topshop. These are Leather Look Dungarees which I know won't be to everyone's taste, infact I myself wasn't too sure on them in the beginning but there was just something about them that drew me to them. It wasn't until I tried them on in the changing rooms that I realised just how much I like them. I picked these up in a size 6 and they seem to fit quite well. These leather look dungarees are £55 and are still available on the Topshop website if anyone is interested.
Next up is another Topshop item and it's this cropped fluffy black jumper. This was a Christmas present from my mum and since receiving it on Christmas day, I've had to battle with the urge to wear it almost everyday. It's so comfortable and snuggly, not to mention a great staple piece. It goes with everything in my wardrobe and I simply adore it. They have these in a few different colours and I'm thinking of picking up a few more as I love it that much. This jumper is still available from Topshop and costs £34.  
Next up is this Faux Leather Asymmetric Skirt in this beautiful dusky pink colour. As I said before in this post, I'm not the biggest fan of colour, pink in particular as I feel like it doesn't suit me. However when I saw this on the Missguided website it was just too beautiful to pass up. The model looked amazing in it and I really liked how they'd styled it on her so that also helped convinced me to buy it. This skirt was £19.99 and I hope to be featuring it in an OOTD post soon! 
Next up is this lovely white Skort, also from Missguided. I'm really into Skorts at the moment, and couldn't resist picking up this simple white one. It's a great staple piece and will fit great into my mostly monochrome wardrobe! This Skort retails for £17.99 and is still available on the website.
Yet another Skort I know, however this one is so beautiful I just had to have it in my life. I don't own anything tapestry print, which is beyond me as I really love the pattern. I was looking at picking up a two piece tapestry print suit a while ago however the price put me off, when I came across this Skort on Boohoo I thought for sure it would be pricey yet amazingly it only cost £15! I absolutely love the way they've styled it on the website, and plan on wearing it in a similar sort of way. I adore it so much and I just know I'm going to wear it a lot! Look out for an OOTD post featuring it very soon!  
Back to Topshop now! Again, you may or may not have already have seen these leggings before as they are rather popular. These are the Blackwatch Check leggings which are basically just a blue - green tartan print. Again, they're super easy to style and are really comfortable to wear. They are still available on the Topshop website and cost £25.
Next up is another Christmas present from my mum, these are the infamous Topshop joni jeans. I have them in a light blue shade and I'm very happy to finally have them in another colour. These are the black acid wash colour I've already worn these a fair few times and love them to pieces! They suck you in and make you look super slender so I highly recommend them. These retail for £36 which seems expensive but Topshop jeans are worth it!
Next up is another Missguided item, this is a cropped white mesh tshirt which I can't see on the website anymore however if it has sold out then it will be restocked sometime soon as Missguided tend to restock popular items within 2 - 3 weeks. I'm yet to wear this however I think it'll look great with the faux leather pink skirt I also picked up from Missguided. Expect to see it feature on an outfit post on my blog sometime soon. 
Next up is a jumper from Next which I kindly received as a Christmas present from my boyfriends dad and his girlfriend. This is a lovely thin knitted V-neck which features small sparkly silver threads all throughout it. This jumper is a great staple piece and looks great with the printed Treggings I got from Topshop. 
Yet another Missguided item, this is a Long Sleeve Dogtooth Boxy Top. This retails for £17.99 and is still available on the website. It's a lovely little monochrome top which will look great when paired with a leather bodycon skirt. I'm yet to wear this out but I shall do an outfit post with it when I do. 
Next up is this cropped fluffy cream jumper from Boohoo. This was only £20 which is great value for money and is available in 3 different sizes. I went with the small and it fits great! I've worn this jumper with my tapestry print skort also from Boohoo and they look amazing together. This is a great staple piece which can be used time and time again. 
Next up is another Missguided item (I clearly love MG) this is a cropped rose print shirt which my boyfriend very kindly got me as a Christmas present. I first saw this shirt featured on Missguided's instagram, I knew I had to have it. It's such a beautiful piece and a colourful one at that! I featured this on an outfit post on my instagram which you can see here. I can't see this on the website anymore however it was quite a popular piece so I should imagine it'll be restocked soon.   
Next up is this mohair jumper from Primark. This jumper is quite different to your usual fluffy jumper as it has jersey sleeves and detailing. It's not something I thought I would go for, however when I tried it on there was just something about it that drew me to it. I find this looks great styled with some simple dark jeans and some chunky ankle boots. I can't quite remember the price of this but I think it might have been £12? 
Next up is this beautiful boyfriend style coat from New Look. I've wanted to get my hands on a coat like this for ages but just found them to be so overpriced in other stores. I wandered into New Look one day and came across this coat which retails for £39.99. I snapped it up straight away and with student discount managed to get it for around £35 which Is pretty good for a coat. I absolutely love this jacket which is unusual for me as my mum will know that I am the hardest person to buy a coat for! 
Next up is this Tartan shirt dress which is from Missguided. I picked this up in a 10 which I really shouldn't have as it's so long on me! The model on the site is wearing an 8, and it looked a little bit short on her so I thought I'd size up. How silly was I to forget that this was a model, a girl who is close to 6ft tall. I am not a model, I am a short girl around 5'4" so the 10 looks like I've stole my boyfriends shirt. However when belted in the middle I think it looks alright so I'm just going to keep it and if I change my mind then it should be comfy to sleep in! This dress is still available on the site and costs £24.99
Next up is the only footwear I have in this haul and it's these little Topshop lace up boots which I bought back in December time. I've been wearing them pretty much non stop since I picked them up as I love that little bit of height they give me. I'm a heel girl so I really appreciate being able to wear a sensible heeled shoe on a day to day basis. These boots cost £38 however because of how much wear I've had out of them so far, I'd say they're definitely worth it! 
 The final thing in this haul is this simple white textured boxy tee from Topshop. I picked this up back in December and actually haven't wore it that many times as It's got a little mark on it and I haven't got enough whites to put on a white wash (haha so lazy I know!) So when I do finally get this tee in the wash, expect to see it feature on my blog as it's very easy to style. This top cost about £22.

That's all for this haul. It's a rather large one so if you managed to stick to it and read all through this post then well done! I'm sorry for being a bit MIA recently, I'm hoping to sort that out and get back to blogging. (or so she says..)

I hope you're all well!