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21 November 2015

That's a Wrap // OOTD


I recently got this amazing black wrap top from Monki and couldn't wait to style it. I love Monki's selection of sleek, minimalist clothes and their clothes really fit with the direction that I want to take my wardrobe in.

I feel like the top looks so much more expensive and high fashion than it really is; it makes me feel so chic and I have to stop myself from wearing it everyday because I love it so much!

I went for a fairly monochrome look, breaking up the black with my camel winter coat, but I can't wait to style the top with something bright like some crazy printed trousers or a block colour skirt.

Top: Monki (bought on Asos)
Trousers: Urban Outfitters (old)
Shoes: New Look (bought on Asos)
Coat: Forever 21

17 November 2015

NARS x Steven Klein 'A Woman's Face' Neutral Lip Set // Review & Swatches


As well as purchasing the NARS x Steven Klein eyeshadow palette (blog post here!), I also couldn't resist getting this lip set as I'm a sucker for a nude lip. Priced at £29, the set comes with 3 products; a lip liner, lipstick and a matte lip pencil.

The set includes the much loved shade of lipstick and lip pencil, 'Dolce Vita' which is what drew me to it. I already own a full size matte lip pencil in the shade and love it so much so I couldn't wait to get my hands on a set that includes 2 other lip products like it.

The products are mini, but not so small that they won't last you a good amount of time. I think the lipstick is actually full size but the packaging just seems smaller than usual, meaning this set is an absolute steal at £29 considering NARS lipsticks are around £20.

Bottom-Top: Lipstick in 'Dolce Vita', Lipliner in 'Patong Beach' and Matte Lip pencil in 'Dolce Vita'.

Lipstick in 'Dolce Vita'

The lipstick is a pretty nude pink shade with a sheer finish. It's glossy and smooth and glides on to the lips well. Despite being sheer, the colour is quite pigmented and doesn't look washed out. This is definitely a great every day shade and will go with almost any eye look.

Lipliner in 'Patong Beach'

The lipliner is in a very similar muted red shade to the matte lip pencil. It's creamy and extremely long lasting. It's quite matte, so I think it could be a little drying if you were to wear this all day by itself.

Matte Lip Pencil in 'Dolce Vita'

This is already a fave lip product of mine. I love the muted red/nude shade which can add something different to your everyday lip. The pencil is so creamy and applies really well. Despite being matte, I don't find this drying at all and the pencil offers a really bright colour even with one layer.

Overall I'm so happy I snapped this up before it sold out! I can already tell I'm going to get so much use out of this kit and will definitely be trying out more NARS products in the future!

15 November 2015

NARS x Steven Klein 'Dead Of Summer' Eye Palette // Review & Swatches


NARS have always been a brand that I've wanted to try out properly but never have. I own one matte lip pencil from the brand and that was it until I saw the new collection in collaboration with photographer Steven Klein. 

When I first found out about the collab, I was immediately drawn to this eye palette. I thought it was a good first big NARS purchase as it had such beautiful and versatile shades, plus it came with a black eyeliner pencil and seemed pretty good value for the £29 it costs on the NARS website.

The palette includes 4 shades of the much coveted Duel-Intensity eyeshadows; 3 which are new and one which has been previously released. 

From left to right the shades are: Studly, Stag Film, Subra and Blackmail. Of the four, Subra is the already existing shade.

Studly is a gorgeous, bright shimmery gold. It's very yellow toned and is lovely as an inner corner highlight or as an all over lid shade. Stag Film is the shade that I was most excited about. It's a beautiful cool toned rose gold with hints of lilac. On me, it does come off a little darker than expected, which I was a little disappointed about as sometimes it seems a little heavy for every day, but for evening wear it works so well. Subra is a shimmery burgundy shade which comes of quite purple. As I have very pale skin, it does appear quite dark on me so I have to be light handed if I want to use this during the day. I also found this a little messy to blend- it was hard to get a good, even smokey look without it looking like a black eye! The last shade Blackmail is a matte shade, the only matte of the palette, which appears to have a hint of red or purple when swatched. It's not a true black shade but that doesn't matter as it means it ties in much better with the other shades.

The mini Larger Than Life Eyeliner in Via Veneto is very pigmented and creamy. I've only used it to do a swatch so far, but that was hell to get off with a make up wipe so I assume it has some mad staying power which I plan to test out properly soon.

From bottom to top: Studly, Stag Film, Subra, Blackmail and Via Veneto

For my look I used Stag Film as an all over lid shade. I then took Subra on a pencil brush to define my crease and to add depth to the outer corner of my eyes. I then winged this shade out slightly. I took the bright gold shade Studly and used it to highlight the inner corners of my eyes and ran the first shade, Stag Film, under my eyes to create a subtle smokey eye. I finished off the look with some liner and mascara.

I used these shades dry but I plan to experiment with them wet to see how the pigmentation changes. 

I really love this palette and it's definitely going to be a firm favourite in my make up collection this season. After trying these eyeshadows, I'm keen to purchase some more Duel-Intensity shades to play around with!

Look out for my review on the NARS x Steven Klein Lip set in 'A Woman's Face' which will be up in a few days!

12 November 2015

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick 304 'Golden Copper'


First of all, sorry for the awful lack of posts in the last month; I started University at the beginning of October and it has been non-stop since day one! I've been collecting lots of beauty and clothing bits together but haven't had the chance to actually make blog posts about them until now.

I've been using my student loan wisely by spending it on a ridiculous amount of high end make up recently. When you don't have time to go to the student union bar you've got to put the money to good use in another way right?! I recently purchased this amazing YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in the shade 'Golden Copper'. I ordered it online so there was a bit of a gamble regarding the colour as there was no real example of it, but I was drawn to the name (I can't resist anything copper) and thought I'd give it a go.

The shade is the most perfect colour for Autumn/Winter. It lives up to it's name, being a warm copper hue with a hint of pink, making it slightly rose gold. It's a metallic, satin finish which is very unusual for me as I'm a matte lip girl, but I love it because it's so different- it the perfect look for a party.

The lipstick is very smooth and creamy and not drying at all. The only warning I do have is that, because of it's metallic finish, it does settle into the cracks in your lips, accentuating them slightly.

My pictures don't quite do this shade justice so I would definitely try keep an eye out for this so you can marvel at the unique colour yourself!

As it's YSL it comes at a pricey £25, but you can almost justify it with the signature chic gold packaging and the fact that you probably won't find such a beautifully different shade anywhere else.