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Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.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!

What I’m loving Wednesday…

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I discovered Too Faced Melted Metal liquid lipsticks the other day and couldn’t be happier with the formula and shade variety.


The 90’s foiled statement pout has made a comeback in the form of lustrous liquified metal.


Melted Metal is a multi faceted lip colour like you’ve never seen before.  It’s velvet smooth applicator makes light work of gliding on creamy metallic shine  that coats lips in fresh bursts of glazed colour without the sticky, heavy feel of similar liquid lipsticks.  


Debutante (far left) has to be my favourite shade.  A neutral peach that isn’t as coral-y on as it looks in the tube.  

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!

What I Bought Wednesday…

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Revolution Haul!

Those of you that enjoy reading my beauty related posts will know I am a big fan of the TAM beauty brand Revolution. Fairly new to drugstores, the London brand regularly run out of stock… in a good way. A lot of their professional quality Eyeshadow palettes are the closest dupes to a lot of the more expensive “holy grail” palettes on the market. Neutrals vs New-trals, a 16-shade eye palette is currently sold out on the website, this gem is almost identical to Anastasia’s Modern Renaissance eye palette. If you’re after this palette, but the £32 ($42) price tag is daunting, Neutrals vs Neutrals from Revolution is your new best friend, and for a sixth of the price!

Anastasia Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette 


Revolution Neutrals vs New-trals 

Having been eyeing up many of Revolution’s offerings on their website recently, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on their newest launch: Flawless 3: Resurrection Pro 32 Eye Palette. Beautifully finished off with rose-gold packaging and boasting a large mirror inside, Flawless 3 is the best spring eye make-up collection yet. It’s packed with plenty of lustrous matte and shimmer shades that range from super versatile everyday neutrals to bolder coral shades and berry tones. I thought I would have to order this online but managed to get it in Superdrug. I’m in love with all of the shades and can’t wait to really get experimenting with this! 



Revolution Flawless 3: Resurrection Eye Palette

Another Revolution palette I bought recently and have been loving for everyday is the Ultra Eye Contour Light And Shade. I used to avoid matte eyeshadows, but what these lack in shimmer they make up for in their wearability. This is well worth a try if you want to create a contoured eye make-up look and add definition to the creases and socket lines of your eyes to add natural looking definition. Using a lighter shade as a base and a darker shade around the socket line and crease is an easy way to master 2017’s cut-crease eye make-up trend.  


Revolution Ultra Eye Contour Light And Shade Palette

I’ve gotten into the swing of using matte eyeshadows so much so I have also invested in the Flawless Matte Pro 32 eyeshadows too, and I am amazed by the diversity of the shades. Matte doesn’t have to mean flat!


Revolution Flawless Matte Eye Palette 

NYX are another one of my favourite brands. Tame & Frame brow pomades are a recent discovery for me. Having used a pencil from Eyeko for my brows for ages, I thought I’d try something different. Tame & Frame are small pots of ultra soft wax formulated to help shape and define your brows. This non-sticky, easy to use product comes in several shades, from blonde to black (I’m currently using Espresso, a dark brown). Highly recommend if you’ve ever found yourself filling in because you got a bit tweezer happy! NYX #19 angled brush works wonders at sweeping the wax in the direction of natural hairs.  


NYX Tame & Frame Brow Pomade & NYX #19 Angled Brush, (below)


Maybelline have had a few newcomers recently. A sucker for a good highlighter, I discovered the all new Strobe Liquid. It’s a liquid illuminator great for highlighting and strobing that I think is very similar to Benefit’s High Beam or Mac’s Strobe Cream, which are a lot pricier.  


Maybelline Strobe Liquid Highlighter & NYX Tame & Frame 

National Lipstick Day!

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I didn’t know there was a national day for all things lippy until this morning, and if you’re after that new shade you’ve wanted to try or want to stock up on your favourites, what better day to do so than National Lipstick Day!


Right now I’m a fan of Sexy Mother Pucker lipsticks from Soap & Glory.  Generally I’m into all things S&G but I have always loved their cosmetics line, especially their lipsticks and glosses.


I love the pinks and nudes in their lipstick collection, the metallic tubes, too, are out of this world.  The ultimate nude for me has to be the matte 5th Avenude, I also like Rosy Chic which is a matte pink shade. Super Nude and Barely Pinking are two others I also love.  Soap & Glory have provided a range of finishes for ther lipsticks too, mattes, satins and shines make-up the variety available at most large Boots stores.  I’d say the price range is a little more expensive than the average high street lippy but not high-end priced as they retail for £9.  I’m really tempted to try some of the other pinks.  Soap & Glory sure know a good pink!


Be sure to share your favourites on Twitter & Instagram & tag #NationalLipstickDay 💄

To get your pink fix, why not check out the amazing Soap & Glory website, where you can see their whole lipstick collection!

http://www.soapandglory.com/

All Your Favourite Brands At A One Stop Shop… Just BLINK! 

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The weekend always throws up new retail opportunities big and small, from random special offers to undiscovered independent stores.  

Blink Beauty is my newest discovery and on Saturday, there was no getting me out of this one stop shop!  If you live in or around Wolverhampton and you’re a beauty addict, count yourself lucky; Blink, tucked downstairs in the Mander Centre, offers many major beauty brands under one roof.  We’re talking nail heroes OPI, Essie, and Jeasica and also popular make-up bag regulars L’oreal, Rimmel, W7 and Maybelline New York.  

  
Essie mini gift sets of 3, normal price £12.99, Blink Beauty price… £7.99!

  

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear, available at Blink from £1.99!

  

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, also available in some hard to find glitter shades, £4.99!

Since Saturday I have made two visits to this fairly new treasure trove, and have to say that this is one store that should be very well received, because many of the products Blink sell are cheaper than you would normally pay, you won’t believe the savings you’ll make.  I bought 3 OPI nail colours, which normally retail at £11.50 each, in Blink, however, they were a friendlier £6.99!   I wasn’t half kicking myself on Saturday when I discovered this amazing store, because I had just been to Superdrug! 
  
OPI Fashion A Bow, Sprung & Next Stop… The Bikini Zone 

If you haven’t been to Blink yet, I highly recommend it.  The variety of quality beauty essentials and cosmetics is almost endless.  

  
OPI Next Stop… The Bikini Zone