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22 August 2015

Mini MAC Haul ft New Matte Collection Lipsticks


To treat  myself after getting my A Level results, I decided to do a little MAC order! To my luck, the new matte lip collection was released on the same day and I had been waiting ages to get my hands on a few of the new lipsticks.

I was so happy when I heard that MAC were making the Whirl lip pencil into a lipstick as it's such a pretty, everyday muted rose shade and I wasn't prepared to spend £12.50 on the lip liner. I've also been looking for ages to find a dark brown/grey lipstick to suit me and Stone is such a great shade. It's dramatic and vampy, but definitely still a shade that you can get away with wearing during the day. 

I also decided to order the eye shadow Woodwinked as I'm a huge fan of gold and bronze shades at the moment. It's a really nice warm metallic copper with a gold undertone and it blends out into a lovely burnt orange colour. I can see myself using this loads in Autumn to create a warm smokey eye.

Left: Whirl // Right: Stone

Woodwinked // Whirl // Stone

I'm a matte lip addict and I love the formula of the MAC lipsticks- they're so pigmented and long wearing. I find the new collection a little less drying though, so I think they may have tweaked the formula slightly.



 The new additions to MAC's selection of matte lipsticks are permanent and retail at the usual price of £15.50. If you're a fan of the 90's nude lip like I am, these shades are perfect for you and will also be great shades for transitioning your make up for the autumn months.

18 August 2015

A Trip to Brighton Beach


To celebrate getting AAAB in my A Levels and getting into my first choice Uni, my family and I decided to go for lunch and stroll on Brighton beach. I love going for food in Brighton as it's got so many individual places to eat with just about every choice you'd want. We'd been wanting to try out JB's American Diner for a while after hearing great things about it- it overlooks Brighton Pier and Seafront and is the ultimate 50s Diner. 

Completely decked out in 50s memorabilia, JBs felt like you'd stepped back in time, with Elvis and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons on repeat and episodes of Tom and Jerry showing on the TVs. We ordered some starters of mozzarella sticks, chicken and onion rings and I had a Chicken BLT for my main. The food was amazing and just as great as the American Diner I went to in NYC last October. Sadly we were all too full for pudding or milkshakes, but by the looks of them being made at the bar, they seemed equally delicious.

In true American fashion, the portion sizes were massive and by the time the mains arrived I was seriously regretting eating about 47 mozzarella sticks for starters. The diner was super fun and had such great food so we'll definitely be back again!

We had some serious food babies after lunch and decided to walk along Brighton seafront and onto the pier where we couldn't resist having a go at the 2p machines!

To end the day, we did a little bit of shopping (because how can you not when you're in Brighton?!) and went home full and happy!

17 August 2015

Casual Monday // OOTD


Here's a quick OOTD post; today I've been busy with tidying my room and having a massive life cleanse before I start Uni (I got in! I shall do a blog post later this week!). It feels so good to de-clutter- I feel that by clearing out my room, I'm also clearing out my mind, it's so refreshing.

I wore my Topshop Jamie Jeans which were a steal in the sale at £15. They're really stretchy and comfy- perfect for moving around all day. I also threw on a grey cotton t shirt from Zara and as I needed to pop out for a bit today, a vintage Levi jacket from eBay. I finished off my look with my Birkenstocks for the ultimate laid-back look.

14 August 2015

MixMatchMe: The Ultimate Online Closet

How many times have you watched Clueless and wished that you had Cher Horowitz's mega cool outfit finder to make life so much easier? Well now your wish has been granted; MixMatchMe, the fashion world's trendiest new website, allows you to find, create and buy your perfect look without all the hassle!

MixMatchMe.com is a highstreet lovers' dream; with hundreds of items from the most popular highstreet shops all in one place, you can find your perfect item and even style it in an outfit to see what it will look like.

Discover your perfect items from shops like Urban Outfitters and Topshop- you can find exactly what you need with the handy filters allowing you to sort by colour, price and style. MixMatchMe will also keep you up to date with the hottest trends, always keeping you on top of the fashion world!

In Mix & Match, you can style and create your perfect outfit. With hundreds of items to choose from, you can create just about anything. When you're done creating your stylish masterpiece, you can save your outfit and all the items you've chosen to your wardrobe. From there, you can shop them and search for similar items if the ones you've chosen are out of stock. 

My favourite thing about this feature is that once you save them to your account, other people can see your creations and like them and follow you! By following other people, you can see all their outifts and get inspiration for future looks! 

You can create outfits inspired by any trend or for any occasion- there's no limit to what you can create. Once you've started styling, you can't stop, (trust me, I'm addicted!) and before you know it you've got all the outfit inspo you'll ever need, all in one place!

It's easy to set up an account at MixMatchMe and get styling, so what are you waiting for?! Don't forget to follow my profile so I can follow you back and see what you create!

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12 August 2015

MAC Look In A Box Lip Kit in Pretty Natural // Review & Swatches


MAC have recently come out with a new set of 'Look In A Box' kits and after a lot of effort, I managed to get my hands on one of the most popular- the Lip Kit in 'Pretty Natural'. MAC lip products are some of my favourites and I'm a sucker for a nude lip so I just had to get this set. Although, it seemed that everyone else had the same idea and for ages it was sold out on MAC's website,  much to my disappointment. Despite checking the website 3 times a day, every day, I had no luck until I found that Selfridges were also selling the kit- and it was in stock! I quickly snapped it up and patiently waited for it's delivery.

The Lip Kit contains 3 full sized products in pinky-nude shades. It sells for £29 which is very reasonable as you're basically getting one product free. The lip products work well together or on their own and great for every day wear because of the beautiful nude tones.

Lipstick in 'Pretty Natural': Sadly my lipstick arrived damaged; it seemed as if the lid had been put on before twisting the lipstick down, leaving it a bit squashed. However, I can still use it and love the shade. It's described as a 'mid tone warm nude' and comes in a cremesheen finish. The colour pay off is ok- I find that you need a few layers to build up the colour and stop it from being just a light wash  that accentuates the cracks in your lips. It has a creamy texture and is fairly long lasting. As far as I know, this shade is exclusive to the set.

Lipliner in 'Subculture': Subculture is a well loved lip pencil shade from MAC and I was so happy to find out that it was included in the set because I could never justify spending £12.50 to buy it separately. Described as an 'underground pink', Subculture is a great every day shade with a bit of an edge. As much as I loved the shade, I found the formula to be really drying and it dragged on my lips as I applied it. There's no way I could just throw this on without exfoliating and moisturising my lips to the max beforehand, as it would highlight every dry patch and make them even drier.

Lipglass in 'Feeling Fine': I've never been a fan of lipgloss nor have a ever tried one from MAC so this was a first for me. 'Feeling Fine' is described as 'soft beigy pink with pearl'. It's very glittery and shimmery which is something I usually wouldn't go for as I'm a matte lip girl at heart, but I can see myself wearing this for parties. It's fairly sheer but does add a hint of pale pink colour to the lips. I found the formula to be very tacky; it's a little uncomfortable but that may just be because I'm not used to wearing lipgloss. However, the formula is extremely long lasting, like extremely. I had a hard time getting this off when I was doing swatches and could still feel a hint of it on my lips hours later. 

L-R: Lipglass in 'Feeling Fine', Lip Pencil in 'Subculture' and Lipstick in 'Pretty Natural'.
Despite some faults, I do think that this lip kit is a good addition to any make up collection and it's such good value for 3 full size MAC products. I am glad I managed to finally get my hands on it and I can see myself using it quite often- especially Subculture as I love the shade so much.

At the time of writing this blog post, the kit has since sold out on Selfridges and is still sold out on MAC's website, but definitely keep an eye out for it!

Lilia xoxo

4 August 2015

Druzy Dreams Jewellery // Rose Gold Necklace & Ring


The other day on Instagram, a brand called 'Druzy Dreams' followed me. Intrigued by the name, I decided to check out their account and saw that they made beautiful boho inspired jewellery. I fell in love with their style and browsed their website for about half an hour before deciding that I needed everything on there. I narrowed down my wishlist and chose these two items to order.

I'm a huge fan of rose gold jewellery and arrows so I just couldn't resist this beautiful necklace and this dainty ring. I like having simple jewellery that I can wear everyday with any outfit and these two items are perfect. 

The simplicity of the necklace and ring mean that you can pair them with almost any other piece of jewellery- I received a pair of rose gold Shaun Leane earrings for my 18th birthday which I will definitely be wearing with these two pieces.

I love the length of the necklace as it's perfect for layering. The ring is also very delicate and light and doesn't bother you if you're writing or typing. 

The items arrived very well packaged and came with a lovely handwritten note! I will definitely be buying some more pieces of jewellery from Druzy Dreams in the future!

Get the ring HERE and get the necklace HERE.

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Striped Simplicity // OOTD


I just wanted to share this quick OOTD with you guys. I had a pretty chill day at home so I threw on a pair of black mom jeans from Urban Outfitters and a striped t shirt from Zara. I finished of the outfit with a pair of pale pink flats from Primark.

Lilia xoxo