Mix n’ Match Monday: Insta Beach!

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Are you ready to enjoy your most colourful, envy inducing seaside snaps and selfies on social media yet?  Course you are! Just pack some up to the minute swimwear and accessories, Instagram likes guaranteed!


Sleek & polished with a touch of bohemian glamour, Chloe fringed sandals and a Haight coral one piece scream summer 2017! (Above)


Unleash some serious wanderlust on the beach and beyond wearing popping pinks and dreamy violets! A hot pink Forever Unique swimsuit with bang on trend lace detail paired with a sharp yet comfy wrap skirt will sizzle along the seafront.  A 3.1 Philip Lim mauve Pashli may induce envy amongst fellow holiday makers!  Brights are excellent at amplifying a golden tan, too!


Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.  Look sleek yet mysterious in a deep ocean Diane Von Furstenburg one piece and Prada block sandals, while a pastel pink Kenzo tote will stylishly hold your essentials whilst adding a touch of feminine simplicity.


Spring through the palms in a D&G tropical bikini and accessorize with the coolest lime green sandals from Prada and a pair of aviators!


Chillax poolside in the dreamiest blues.  One piece swimsuits are big news, and are modest enough to be worn with this summer’s wrap skirts for some stunning summer evening looks.  Arcadia have some irresistible swimsuits and I just love this aquatic looking skirt from Fausto Puglisi!


Clean Lines & Monochrome stripes in the form of the ultimate Marc Jacobs maxi equals instant Beach to bar chic! Don’t forget to add a touch of sparkle, these Giuseppe Zanotti kitten heels are perfection!

Slip into this celestial River swimwear and a pair of mirrored Ray-Bans and unlock that inner mermaid!

Transition this sea foam shimmer swimsuit from River Island from sitting at the sea side to sipping cocktails outside! Add a tropical print wrap skirt like this Missoni beauty and a cross body bag in a cool hue like this one from Jimmy Choo.  And these designer look platforms are a steal from ASOS!


Summer brights & pastels inspired by sweetest, juiciest seaside treats! Ruffled dresses like this Anna October maxi are fresh off the catwalk! Amp it up with a juicy clutch from Commes Des Garçons and a pop of watermelon gloss on nails and lips!


Maxi up a midsummer’s night in a floor length Melissa Obadash dress that’s just peachy. Bling up a plain dress with a choker, the hottest boho glam jewellery trend of SS17.  Be daring, add an unexpected accessory like Judith Leiber’s crystal encrusted beach ball clutch.

Summer Nail Spoiler Alert!

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Indulge in all the deliciousness of French patisseries this SS17, without all the calories… oui oui!

You won’t be able to resist six sweet Essie shades that will keep your mouth watering all summer long. 


Inspired by all the glittering confections of the finest Parisian cafes, the S’il Vous Play collection will take you on a whimsical journey through the chic streets of the city of style, decadence and love with soft pastels and a shimmering metallic that is absolutely delectable.



Anything with a Parisian theme or style has always drawn me in, and I know I’m not the only one attracted to the kitsch wanderlust of the city of lights.  Seeing this Essie collection is making me crave macarons, maintenant…



This soft iridescent sugar white will have you licking your lips all the way to the confiserie!


An irresistible lilac cream inspired by the tastiest macarons dans la Rue!


An unforgettable lavender pink foil that will remind you of the most frosty cake icing and the sweet namesake of this collection.  I’ll take the petit gateau avec Glacage Rose s’il vous plait!



Tres fondant of this sparkling apricot marmalade shade!

Romantic rose candy cream that will evoke all the passion of the city of love.


The prettiest pastel Parisian blue that says casual summer all over it!

Tuesday Shoesday… 

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June is here, which officially means it’s the start of the summer. Exciting. Festival fever will soon be upon us, which means dropping those dull winter warmers in favour of some sizzling hot trends which ooze boho glamour.  

Taste the rainbow and get summer party ready in these succulent multicolour Sophia Webster sandals. These beauties are so irresistible they should really come with an envy warning!

Fluorescent pom-poms and tassels are big news and will take the festival fashion scene by storm this summer, be they on wedges or flats. An unlikely comeback that’s cool, colourful and a little eccentric, this trend is a festival in itself.


Block heels meet block colour, with plenty of ditzy tassel detailing, pom-poms and laces to add an element of Coachella cool. Not only are these Aquazzura offerings easy to walk in they tick every 2017 style box. Eye catching and comfortable, you really can have the best of both worlds!

Rebecca Minkoff’s relaxed yet vivid vibe is going right in my beach bag this summer!

Feel Good Fri-yay…

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It’s been an exciting week style-wise, the highlight being the new H&M store in Wolverhampton.  When asked what stores people wanted to see included in the revamp of the Mander Centre, H&M topped the list.  Wolverhampton H&M is phenomenal, it’s the only H&M store in the Midlands to have a homewares section and it also has a make-up and beauty section to rival that of a high-end counter!  If you live in the Midands, it’s a stack bigger than their Merry Hill store.  Located downstairs in the Mander Centre, it’s the boost that part of the shopping mall needed.  Just when some people complained about all of the empty shells and closed shops in Wolverhampton, the first part of the shopping centre regeneration is coming to life.


I felt at such an advantage to be one of the first shoppers to see the new store on grand opening day (yesterday), it opened at 11am and the people waiting for it to open got a wonderful discount, 25% off your purchases all day.


I knew something exciting was hiding behind these boards!

There were so many things that caught my eye, and I’m looking forward to future trips to this magical store.  I came away with a pair of relaxed slim jeans which tick several fashion boxes with a couple of randomly placed rips and some rather funky patches.  The eyeball and lips patch you can see are made up of sequins.
I also bought some glossy court style shoes which are just the right red hue for the autumn and festive season, they will be perfect for those Christmas do’s and occasions where I fancy wearing heels.  I also came away with a 3 pack of rings and one of the lipsticks from their super affordable beauty range.  I treated myself to a pillar box red shade called Classic Cardinal. There’s an unlimited shade range with all of their make-up products and their  formulas and how they feel are up there with MAC!



If I could sum 2016 up with an unlikely sounding trend, I would say that it has been the year of relaxed jeans and pointy shoes, if you’re yet to try this look for yourself, it’s so easy to pull off and looks incredibly chic, even as everyday casual wearing flats.

This week seems to have been all about red shades, I have done some of my festive preparations early this year and although it’s been a rather tough year, I think I’m getting into the spirit of the season to be jolly and joyful.

This year’s John Lewis advert, just, no words.  Buster the boxer dog, those fox cubs and all the other animals are just beyond cute.  Innocent animals dancing on a trampoline and having fun hasn’t been without criticism though, with some overprotective parents Tweeting: “give your child Tuberculosis for Christmas!” I thought some people’s misconceptions were a little far-fetched, I can’t help but think the hidden message was “give your child hours of fun, fresh air and excercise for Christmas.” It’s so refreshing to see an advert depicting parents setting up a toy that isn’t square, because the world isn’t.


I took another trip to New Look solely to have a peek at their revamped beauty range, and couldn’t resist another 2 of their gorgeous nail polishes.  Ruby, which is the perfect winter wine, and Glitterbug.  I’ve noticed some of them are exact dupes of more expensive nail brands such as Deborah Lippmann.  Great news for beauty addicts who want to save some bucks!


After much Amazon-ing I finally found the ultimate cat eyeliner and smoky-eye cheat… Beth Bender Beauty stencils.  Not only are these meant to help you achieve a precision you only thought you could dream of, they also save loads of time.  Soon the days of winged eyeliner making you late will be gone!

MUR Iconic Pro 2: Swatch Party & Review!

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I know I am not the only blogger to constantly sing the praises of The Make-Up Revolution.  They pack the premium qualities of the most prestigious make-up products on the market, in fact, everything about their sell-out palettes is premium but the price.  I’ve picked up some of their bestsellers from Superdrug and I’ve also been click happy on their website!  My review on the Iconic Pro 2 palette makes it easy to see why this brand is a firm favourite amongst bloggers, make-up pros and general beauty addicts!

 

 

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It’s comparison to LORAC’s Pro 2 palette is bang on in terms of colours, however, it’s £6.99 dupe scores 1 or 2 points more in terms of overall impression because it has the professional brush and larger mirror the LORAC one doesn’t have.

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Most bargain palettes offer a sponge applicator I’d discard within a day in favour of a professional brush, well done MUR for taking note.  The fluffy end is ideal for base coverage all over the eyelid and the flat end is ideal for creating a look of definition.  The brush performs just as well as some of my Real Techniques and Lottie London eye brushes.

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This palette’s packaging is the type of sleek finish you’d expect to see from a backstage make-up artist and sturdy enough to hold a large mirror running the entire inside of the lid.  While not as decorative as some of it’s pricier counterparts, it’s professional presentation and performance as a versatile make-up product can’t be faulted.

Most of the bloggers I have been watching on YouTube of late have joined the Revolution and now, like me they are amazed with London’s best beauty phenomenon yet!

 

 

 

 

February Favourites!

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Today’s been kinda peaceful, filming material for both YouTube channels and chilling with my puppies watching catch up TV.  If you haven’t checked out my YouTube channels, I have a self-titled one which is mostly style and beauty and a more personal one which gives a more candid “behind the scenes” insight into what I’m doing when I’m not blogging.

Self Titled Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC1Bzs-6ToPETnmU_Wt7JxA

Very Vicky Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsroiHu4ew0suK63zLIm9CA

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Charlie, 3 and Perry, 5 months

Sometimes Charlie and Perry like to help their mom and it feels so good to involve two cute megastars!   Perry is now 5 months, he’s grown distinctively since the day we bought him home and has learned to climb up on the beds.  He’s a typical boy puppy and good at running off with shoes!

He was very interested in the making of today’s video, which is all about my favourite hair care, make-up and nail products this month…

 

Amongst my cosmetic favourites this month was a Bourjois gem that’s been around a good while but I’ve recently gone back to this, having tried it before.  Bourjois 123 Perfect Foundation, £10.99 from Boots, has a decent coverage with built-in colour pigment technology.  With Yellow, Mauve and Green pigments, you can say goodbye to those dark circles, that dullness and those red blemishes!  It’s one of the best drugstore foundations I have used.

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I’ve also been talking about Pantone colours of the year and Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Polishes in Rose Hip and Blueberry are perfect matches for Rose Quartz and Serenity!  Today I’m wearing Blueberry with a glittery accent of Essence’s On Air! (Top picture).

I hope you’re enjoying watching these videos and subscribe to my channels if you want to see more style and beauty favourites!

 

 

 

December/January Fashion & Beauty Favourites!

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Hello again!  Feels like it’s been an age since I last posted an update but if you follow me on Twitter, Instagram, or my other YouTube channel, Very Vicky, you’ll know I have a new bundle of joy keeping me on my toes!  Perry joined the family over the Christmas period and he’s proving to be a rather playful little boy, into everything and a lively little brother to Charlie.  He’s 13 weeks today and a tri-colour mini Jack Rusell.

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I’ve never owned a Jack Russell before and only looked after two for a friend, Perry’s energy knows no bounds and it’s the ultimate JRT trait, according to trusty Dogs 101!

I had a rather peaceful but busy Christmas making sure the puppy didn’t get into anything he shouldn’t like Christmas chocolates, etc but it was a rather memorable one too.

Today I got round to filming a long awaited favourites video for December and January which includes some goodies I got for Christmas plus make up and nail products from brands I love such as Orly and Models Own.  I also discovered the KIKO Cosmetics store that’s just opened at the Merry Hill Centre and I am so happy to finally be trying this terrific Italian brand.  There were KIKO stores across Europe and a recent opening in Birmingham too, but the store at the Merry Hill Centre has all the best of KIKO under one roof!  If you’re yet to try this brand, you’re in for a treat!

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Here’s today’s favourites video!

That just leaves me to say my thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues past and present of David Bowie. I was shocked to hear the news of his passing this morning at age 69.  What a sad loss to the music industry.  Bowie’s music, stage presence and general style will remain a huge inspiration for many bands, artists and all his fans worldwide and I’m sure his legacy will live on.  Sleep well, Starman x

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