Wednesday, 11 November 2015

My Autumn Beauty Favourites

Don't you just love how when you run out of one item of make-up, you happen to run out of them all at the same time? Being a student, this isn't usually the best for the ol' bank balance, but at the same time, I love a good Boots beauty haul. Now that I am back on the student budget, drug store beauty has become part of my daily routine again, after experimenting with Burberry, Chanel, Lancome and Mac, I can't help but feel that, actually, some drug store products suit me and my skin more. Rimmel for instance, their 'Wake me up' foundation is the best i've tried in a long time, so my purchase of this, along with the 'Stay matte' pressed powder have both been really good and cheap buys! I love the way the foundation gives a full coverage of any blemishes, as well as doing what it says on the label - it really does give a glow to my skin, making me look more awake! 

Boots are currently offering 3-4-2 across their beauty, hair and accessories, meaning when purchasing my Rimmel products, I had room for a freebie. Barry M have released a number of really lovely pallets, I'm already an owner of the Contour Pallet and was really impressed, so I thought i'd give the "Get up and Go" Highlighter, Blusher and Bronzer kit ago as well. I must say, I am really loving it, especially the highlighter which gives a really natural and not over powering glow to my cheek bones! Definitely a thumbs up from me.

Ever since the day my mother took my 15 year old self to the Benefit counter to get a bronzer and blusher that actually suited my skin colour, it has become a brand that no matter what my budget, I can't resist in someway. Their latest mascara - "Roller Lash" fell into my possession just before my Summer holiday in August and I won't be turning back, it really makes my lashes curl and stand out, which is great for me as I wear a lot less eye liner than I ever used to. It also holds its value well as I have only just about run out of the one I bought in August and i've worn it almost every day. 

If you have read my previous post on my wish list for Autumn beauty products, you'll know that Mac lipsticks are my all time favourite - my latest buy was "Lady Danger" which is one of Mac's matte lipsticks - I love the way this adds a real touch of glamour to my autumn outfits and lasts all day! 

Finally, my "My Burberry" perfume - this is the only part of my Autumn beauty favourites that I haven't purchased recently, however, when I was living in London last year, I left the bottle at home to keep for best, but this year being back at uni, I've taken it with me and I am getting full use out of it and its still amazing as the day I first smelt it. Although it is a little costly in comparison to other perfumes, i'd say its definitely worth it, as you really own need one spray to last till the end of the day and it comes in a gorgeous bottle which if you buy the large bottle, you can have your initials engravied for free! 

What do you think of drug store beauty products? What are your favourites this season? 

I hope you enjoyed this post! I am still working on the way I want to present posts like this, let me if you have any recommendations and don't forget to give me a thumbs up via Bloglovin and i'll be sure to follow back! <3

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Saturday, 7 November 2015


Firstly, I want to massively apologise for the lack of blogging over the last two weeks, final year at University has definitely proven itself the hardest year yet, with only just over a month of being back and we are already working on our second assignment whilst also thinking of case studies, dissertations and final! However, I do have lots of blog posts planned and I also have been logging my fitness progress to share with you at the end of this month, so stick with me! the mean time, Do we follow each other on Instagram??? If not, nows a great chance. The good thing about Instagram is I can update no matter how busy I am and I really do love how iPhones enable you to get really great looking photos, so give me a follow and i'll be sure to follow back.

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Wednesday, 14 October 2015

My Autumn Make-up Wish List

As the weather is getting colder and the evenings have started to get darker, cosy nights on the sofa scrolling through Pinterest have become a bit of a habit! But it's not just the outdoors that is changing, my beauty inspiration board is filling up with plum and mahogany lip sticks and gold glitter eye liners - Autumn make-up is officially here ladies!

With so many amazing make-up brands out there at the moment, I have put together a selection of a few Autumnal beauty bits that I need to get my hands on - all of which can be found on most high streets. I'm especially loving the deep red and purple lipsticks this season - Autumn brings out a lot of dull colours to our wardrobes but adding a pop of colour to your face can really brighten up your outfit whilst still remaining sophisticated. When it comes to Lipsticks, for me, Mac comes up on top. I've never owned lipsticks that stay so well on my lips all day without fault. I will definitely be visiting my nearest Mac counter to get hold of "Amorous" - shown below.

What are your favourite Autumn Trends? How do you wear your make-up in Autumn?

1. Mac Lipstick - Amorous - £15.50 | 2. Urban Decay Naked Smokey Palette - £38.00 | 3. Essie Nail Polish - Bahama Mama - £10.95 | 4. H&M Black Eye Liner - Paparazzi - £3.99 | 5. Nars Matte Lipstick - VIP Red - £20.00 | 6. Lord & Berry Lipstick - Purple Rain - £13.00 | 7. Butter London Nail Polish - Saucy Jack - £12.00

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Sunday, 4 October 2015

London Fashion Week: ISSA London

As part of the job working at London Fashion Week, the temporary interns get to see one on-site show each. This season I was lucky enough to see two of shows at Brewer Street Carpark, one of which was the amazingly talented - ISSA London. ISSA have been on the official LFW schedule since 2006 and have quickly become one of my favourite brands with their feminine shapes and vibrant colours. This season's collection was no exception from this.

For this post, I thought I would share with you my favourite pieces from the collection (shown above) as well as a few high street similarities that I certainly hope to get my hands on for next Spring/Summer. Catch up on the ISSA S/S16 show here.

What piece was your favourite from the ISSA show? 

White Crochet Top - Boohoo - £16.00,  Tan Lace up Heels - Public Desire - £24.99, White Triangle Bra - Topshop - £9.00, Lime Green Lace Dress - Topshop - £39.00, Cut-Out Black jumpsuit - Miss Selfridge - £45.00, White Bangle - Whistles - £20.00

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Monday, 28 September 2015

London Fashion Week: My Role on the BFC information Desk

During London Fashion Week, I went back to the British Fashion Council to help out as part of their temporary team of interns. The role of the interns varies from staffing the showrooms to tweeting catwalk show starts. As I had been working for the company for the year and already knew how things worked, I was based away from the other girls inside the showrooms and was located across the road at The "Lights of Soho" - Usually a private members club, the BFC took over the art gallery for the week and this was where the registration for Press and Buyers took place as well as any information for sponsors and then the BFC information desk which is what I worked on.

It was an amazing few days and it was great to be part of the interns rather than the one running around like a crazy person making sure everything was going smoothly. In previous seasons, when fashion week had been located at Somerset House, the information desk would deal with both public enquiries to designer information and problem solving, but as Brewer Street Carpark is a completely different layout, the public can't get in unless they are an accredited Press or Buyer. This meant that the BFC needed someone to be able to answer any of the questions outside of the main venue. 

Friday, 11 September 2015

10 lessons learnt from being a Fashion Intern

So as you may already know, over the last academic year, I took time away from my university studies for work experience.  This is something that is part of my degree and from completing the year I will gain a "Sandwich Degree" in Fashion and Textile Buying/Management. After months of searching and applying for various roles, I was lucky enough to grab a paid internship with The British Fashion Council. The year was incredible and I learnt so many life lessons as well as being part of some of fashion's biggest events including London Fashion Week itself. But not everything is plain sailing when starting any job, let alone in the crazy fashion world. There is always going to be something new to learn and more experience to gain. So here is my list of 10 lessons I learnt from being an intern in the fashion industry.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

London Fashion Week: Wish List

With only two weeks until London Fashion Week and everyone working hard, preparing their outfits as we get ready to head over to the official new venue in Soho for the first time, I felt this "Wish list" post was needed. This season I am going back to work for The British Fashion Council following my placement year with them. I will be working on their information desk, which as the past two seasons I was the manager of the temp staff, running around like a headless chicken, it will be nice to be part of the temp team. The only down side to this wish list - is it really is a wish list as, unfortunately, temp staff can only wear black. Still, its nice to think about what I would have wanted to wear had I still been working for the BFC! 

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