Monday, 16 December 2013

NAKED 3 by Urban Decay!

Hey my lovelies, hope you are doing well...

If you are makeup obsessed fanatic like myself, then you would have heard the much anticipated news that Urban Decay were going to be launching their third eye shadow palette of the Naked line. The news was released at the end of November with official pictures being posted by Urban Decay all over social networking. I myself saw pictures of it on a blog (think it was a French blog - not too sure of the name either)  and on their Instagram page. Obviously, being an American brand the Naked 3 palette launched first in America at the beginning of December on Urban Decay's website and sole out with hours! It was released in Sephora and all other major department stores not long after. In the UK the official release date for the NAKED 3 was on the 20th December, however they released it a week early! I had my eye on it, watching social networking and the major department stores, Debenhams and House of Frasers's website to see if anything had been launched, nothing had, again thanks to social networking I saw that it had been released and I went into Debenhams and purchased it ASAP.

Differences to the NAKED & NAKED 2 palettes

Like all the other two naked palettes, the NAKED 3 consists of 12 shadows. It has similar packaging (also comes with a brush) like the Naked 2. However, what makes this palette different from the other two is that every single shade in the NAKED 3 is a exclusive, brand new colour which has never been in any other palette before. The colours are blush tone pinks and purples whereas the other two have been bronzy tones for NAKED and taupe shades for NAKED 2.

Packaging & Price
Again, like the other two palettes, the packaging of the NAKED 3 makes it a great product for travelling. It comes with a double -ended brush, so you don't need to carry extra brushes if you are
It is compact, sleek and light weight - so doesn't take up a lot of room if you wanted to take it in your handbag for instance. The packaging is a rose-gold colour, that has slight perforations on the front, with NAKED 3 across the top. I love the style of this palette, it looks very expensive and is easy to carry for travelling purposes. It has a full length mirror on it as, makes it easier to apply your makeup on public transport if needs persists!
NAKED 3 is priced at £37.00 - the same price as the other two palettes.

What does it contain?
As mentioned, it comes with a dual ended brush and also 4 sachets of Urban Decays best selling primers. I say sachets because when I heard that they would 4 eye shadows primers with the palette I presumed they would be in the primer potion bottle like in NAKED or in a tube form as in NAKED 2. But its not, the eye shadow primers are more like samples to try then a bottle/tube that you will get a few uses out of. On the less, the eye primers are Urban Decays best sellers; Orignial - dries invisibly, Eden - 'has a subtle nude matte finish that covers and brightens the eye area in seconds', Sin - 'goes the distance in a shimmering champagne shade' and Anti-Ageing - 'measurably improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles in 8 weeks'.
12 brand new shades - Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick, Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Dark Side & Blackheart. The palette contains a mixture of finishes - shimmery, satin and two matte shades which are limit and Nooner - great for blending out in and around the crease. The palette shades are described as being 'rose -hued neutrals'. This is definitely true as the colours range from light shimmering pinks, rose gold pinks, mauves and deeper purples. You can create a romantic soft look as well a sultry smoky eye with the deeper shades in the palette. The shade in the palette instantly reminded me of 'Beauty - marked' by MAC. I would describe it on appearance as a dark purple with hits of red glitter through it. However, UD has stated it to be a 'black matte with red micro-glitter'.
Strange - lovely under the brow highlight - no shimmer, almost matte
Dust - contains A LOT of shimmer in it - quite chunky glitter, base shade is  light pink
Burnout, - satin light rosy pink
Limit - matte very light brown
Buzz - MY FAVOURITE - shimmery darker rose pink
Trick - satin rose gold 
Nooner - matte medium taupe brown
Liar - satin taupe
Factory - satin with slight shimmer - dark brown
Mug shot - satin dark silvery grey
Blackheart - matte black with red micro glitter

Overall - Do I really need it?

In my personal opinion, having tested the colours and created a few looks - I can say that this is definitely a purchase worth making. Even if you already own the other two, NAKED 3 has a completely different tone range compared to the previous ones. I do feel that NAKED & N2 were very similar both in shades and finishes. If you purchased NAKED I wouldn't feel it would be necessary to get N2 aswell - but I would recommend getting the NAKED 3.

The colours are beautifully pigmented, long lasting and you get the same amount of product compared to a standard eye shadow. There are a variety of shades which work together seamlessly to create subtle to sultry looks for day through to night. I would say that this is one of them palettes which will last you along time. If you are a makeup artist its definitely worth while to have in your kit for soft bridal looks.
If you are a makeup fanatic, you won't really need my convincing to purchase it...probably by the end of the post you will have already ordered it!  
Overall rating - 9/10
You can purchase the NAKED 3 in the UK in store and online at Debenhams and online only at House of Fraser.

Thank you once again for popping by to read this post. If you have any other comments, requests, suggestions, or ideas please leave them down below. I will be sure to respond to you as soon as.

DISCLAIMER: All photos featured are taken by myself and I own all rights to all photographs on this post. All products featured here have been purchased with my own money All comments and opinions made are my own entirely, none of which have been influenced or affiliated with any other persons or companies. All information given here has been researched by myself, inevitably, some comments made have been accumulated through research from other videos, posts and from the URBAN DECAY website. Nonetheless, if I have made a comment this has been based on my own unique judgement.

P.S - Having some issues uploading my camera pictures - should be up soon!

Friday, 22 November 2013

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows Haul/Review

Hi All, hope you are doing well.

Today's post is on some eye shadow pans I purchased online a month or two ago. I wanted to review some of the Makeup Geek eye shadows as this line was much anticipated by all of Marlena's subscribers on YouTube. If you don't know already, Marlena has a channel on YouTube called Makeup Geek TV. She is one of the most well-known American You Tubers out there who's videos have got thousands of hits. The line Makeup Geek cosmetics initially started off with the eye shadows pans but has expanded with brushes, palettes, lipsticks and even eye pigments.

To be honest, I first I didn't pay any attention to her makeup line at all, because a lot of You tubers now a days are bringing out this makeup line and this brush line;  so I am guilty - I did just kind of dismiss it. Then one day, I came by one of Marlena's video which showed her eye shadows as dupes for MAC shadows! [I WILL LINK THE VIDEO DOWN BELOW CHECK IT OUT] (If you know me, you know how much crazy in love I am with MAC - especially the eyeshadows) - I thought, heyyy let me check this out, of course making a claim that your eye shadows are just as good as MAC's if not better, is a huge claim to make, who isn't going to want to check It out and see if it really lives up to the claim?! That's what initially drew me to the Makeup Geek line, not only that Jaclyn Hill from JacylnHill1 another You Tuber was also raving about her shadows.

I have to admit, these shadows ARE just as good as MAC if not BETTER! They are affordable, come in a wide range of colours and finishes and are definitely worth the price. I was so glad when I checked the website that they ship INTERNATIONALLY! So anyone of you can purchase these products. That sold me, and what's even better is that - I thought the postage would take forever, it didn't - they arrived around 2 weeks from when I ordered  which was a lot quicker than I had even imagined. I was so pleased! All the items were wrapped up carefully and lots of safety packaging to make sure the shadows or other items did not get damaged in the process of arrival.


The shadows I ordered were, Cosmopolitan, Mermaid, Cocoa Bear, Cinderella, Homecoming and Mango Tango. - I love all of them. They are all quite shimmery, apart from Cocoa Bear which is a deep chocolate brown colour that is matte and can be used for blending. I also purchased a flat eye shadow brush and a pigment in Vegas Lights which is a dark copper bronze shade. I chose to buy the pan eye shadows but you can also buy them as individually packaged ones as well if you want.

Makeup Geek's website describes these shadows as:

Cosmopolitan - 'Rose gold with gold flecks and a shimmery finish'

Mermaid - 'Metallic teal with reflects gold'

Cocoa Bear - 'Matte reddish brown'

Cinderella - 'Pale shimmery pink'

Homecoming - 'Medium brown with gold shimmer'

Mango Tango - 'Peachy Pink with shimmer'

All of the shadows are so extremely pigmented, as you can tell from the swatches, I made only swatch in the shadow and swiped it on the back of my hand. This is without any primer, so imagine the pay off with a primer - it would be insane. The colours are true to the pan and are not one dimensional. Mermaid, and Cosmopolitan have an iridescence to them, with hits of rose gold, and goldish shimmer to them. Cinderella and Homecoming are also shimmery but have the same colour shine through them. I could rave about these eye shadows forever, I am so glad I purchased these & I will definitely be on the hunt for more shades. These shadows are great for beginners or even pro makeup artists for their kits. They are great dupes for higher end shadows like MAC (link below). I honestly believe they are worth every investment and are guaranteed to last you a very long time.

TOP ROW - LEFT TO RIGHT: 'Homecoming', 'Cocoa Bear', 'Mango Tango',
BOTTOM ROW LEFT TO RIGHT:  'Cosmopolitan', 'Mermaid' & 'Cinderella'

'Cosmopolitan' - in the pan with lighting, and swatched on the hand

'Homecoming' in the pan and then swatched on the hand 

'Mango Tango' in the pan and then swatched

'Mermaid' in the pan and then swatched 

'Cocoa Bear' in the pan and then swatched 

'Cinderella' in the pan and then swatched




PRICE - Cheap, Affordable but HIGH QUALITY.

For those of you who live In the UK when I converted the price from dollars to pounds each eye shadow pan worked out around £3.70 each, compared to MAC's £12-£14.50 per shadow! That's crazy! Why pay triple the price for a product of the same quality that you can get else where. The postal charge depends on where you live, but again I thought it would be really expensive its not, it works out around £4.31, which is pretty reasonable as they come by First Class Priority US Mail.


The packaging design of these shadows is so cute. On each shadow there is a warm personal message by Marlena herself, which I think is very nice touch to have - makes it that extra bit special. The overall design on the packaging - is its simple, but effective - its quite a quirky design. I personally think that the packaging on these items isn't what its about, the product is so amazing itself, that the packaging doesn't really come into it.


Pros -
  • Super pigmented
  • Top Notch Quality - better colour pay off than some MAC shadows
  • Affordable - Such great quality and such low prices - you cant go wrong
  • A lot of product for your money - long lasting

Cons -
  • You might have to wait a little for your amazing products to arrive!
Out of 10? 10/10 - Takes a lot for any product to get a 10 out of 10 rating. If you saw my previous post, rating on those products was a 7/8 of out 10 (higher end product) - I think that says it all. I would highly recommend them.

Check out Marlena's video 'MAC vs. Makeup Geek Eye shadow SMACKDOWN', for dupes and more about her makeup line 

You can purchase Makeup Geek cosmetics from -

From more information on any products check out Marlena's channel and her website. (links as same as above)

DISCLAIMER: All photos are taken by me unless stated otherwise. I own all the rights to these photos. All products reviewed in this post were purchased with my own money. Any comments or opinions made here are my own, none of which are influenced or affiliated with any other persons or companies.

As always hope you have enjoyed this post on a new product which you can get hold of which is not readily available in the UK. Definitely worth purchasing at such a low price. If you have any comments, suggestions, requests or ideas please leave them down below and I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.

Much Love,

B xx

Rihanna Fall Collection for MAC 2013


Hi my lovelies, hope you are all doing well. I have most definitely been away for way too long. Too long for me to not even begin to make any excuses. I'm definitely lacking with my posts and I can only assure you now that this special little post will certainly make up for it!
Today its all about the RiRi for Mac Fall Collection which hit stores and online on the 3rd October 2013. I know it's a bit late getting this post up, however this much anticipated collection deserves recognition and will give those who maybe wanted to purchase a few things but didn't get a chance to, or those who just want to read a good review on the collection! Either way, I hope this post provides you with the information that you are looking for. So, lets begin and hope you enjoy!

First off, I have always been a huge fan of Rihanna, since her early days of 'Umbrella' to her 'shining bright like a DIAMOND', I had to without doubt get my hands on anything and everything I could from her collection. Not only that, unfortunately for me I didn't manage to get any of her summer collection because it was only available online AND it had all sold out within minutes of it going live. So, I was more than chuffed when I walked past Selfridges and saw the glistening rose gold packaging, enticing me to buy, buy, buy and I happily went over with 'Ill have this, and this and this and this, thanks - before the start of my Saturday shift.

I ended up purchasing the powder duo Hibiscus Kiss, 'Riri Woo Lipstick', 'Nude Lipstick', and the powder blush in 'Good Girl Gone Bad'. I was absolutely gutted when the one thing I wanted the most, the lipstick shade in 'Talk That Talk' had sold out. If anything I would have rather traded in all my other items for that one lipstick - that's how badly I wanted it. But it wasn't meant to be. I did pick up the lipliner in 'Talk That Talk' however it was a faulty item, which had to be returned. The other items which I did want but had also sold out was the Cream Colour Base in 'Diamonds' and the two makeup brushes, just for the sake of the packaging. The remaining items in the collection I chose not to purchase, the eye shadow palettes, the other lip liner, 'Riri Woo' which to me was like any other lip liner you could get from MAC, hence I didn't feel the need to buy it, and  the mascara .  I also chose not to purchase the eye shadow palettes in 'Her Cocoa' and 'Smoked Cocoa' because I had very similar shades already in my makeup collection from previously.The other items in the collection consisted of products from the permanent line which had been re-packaged for the Riri collection. These were the Extended Play Giga Black mascara, Liquidlast Eyeliner and the brow pencils, again to me it was unnecessary to purchase. To be honest, I think she could have done more to bring out new products rather than ones from the permanent line which were re-packaged.


Lipsticks -

I picked the colours 'Riri Woo' and 'Nude', both which are retro matte finishes. The colours of both these lipsticks are unique, eye catching and definitely long lasting. As commonly compared, Riri Woo is an almost exact dupe for MAC's Ruby Woo, expect Riri Woo is a little brighter and has a deeper undertone than Ruby W. It would make sense that if you missed out on Riri Woo then purchase Ruby W as it is what is used on Rihanna by her makeup artist. I would recommend using a lip liner with these lipsticks, not only because of the matte finish which inevitably does make it quite drying on the lips (hence the lip liner works as the base) but also because you need to have a sharp crisp line to accentuate the fullness in the lips and really show off that colour of the lipstick.
Now, 'Nude' is a colour that would work for some and not for others. I would describe this as very deep mocha brown with a cool undertone, a colour; which might have the tendency to make you look older than your years. I find with this colour, its better to layer a peachy, pink nude lip gloss over the top to update it. For the rest of the makeup, its better to keep it simple, just because it is a statement shade even though it is a neutral nude. Pair with feline flicked eyes, contoured cheeks and bold brows for a modern autumn/winter look. Both lipsticks come indented with the signature 'Riri <3' - I just love how this adds a very personal feel to the item and also gives it that premium edge which should come when you buy ANY limited edition products. You want to it feel like its worthwhile spending that little bit more for an exclusive product when it has special touches like this collection does.
Some shots of the packaging - and the hot pink Riri <3 signature. As you can see its a reflective rose gold colour packaging
 'NUDE' shade - Retro Matte Finish  
'RIRI WOO' - Retro Matte finish

Powder Duo - 'Hibiscus Kiss'

This product came out in the summer collection in the standard black MAC packaging, so I was glad to see they had brought it back for Rihanna's autumn winter collection. Just like the lipsticks the powder is indented with her 'Riri <3' signature. It contains more of the bronzer than it does the blusher, so I would say it works better as bronzing product, however if you want to use it as mixed blusher, you'd get lovely bronzy peach cheeks. I feel like the bronzer is a little light for my skin tone and think it would work great on lighter skin tones that struggle on finding bronzers because it makes them look too orange. This bronzer has the perfect warm and neutrality in it to work as a contour and a bronzer for lighter skin tones. If you have olive to deeper skin tones, there's nothing to say that you cant use it as well. Instead it can be used as an all over bronzer just to give a warmth to the face or as lighter contour during the day.

Blush - 'Bad Girl Gone Good'
I love this blush! It is gorgeous peachy brown shade that would work great on very pale to deep olive skin tones! Again in the beautiful rose gold packaging and has the clear top so you can see the colour. The finish on this is a satin - so it has just a slight sheen when you apply it, giving a perfect amount of glow on the cheeks. This would look great as a contour shade on very pale skins and on medium/olive as an every day blush. I personally think on deeper skin tones it would look a little chalky but if you like it maybe use it as a highlighter, to get a glowing effect from the subtle shimmer in the blush.


Overall -

Positives -

  • Loved the packaging - has a unique style which adds to the limited edition touch
  • Nice colour range - for the lipsticks
  • Good quality - finish, feel, colour pay off and longevity of the products is long lasting
Negatives -
  • Limited Edition only small amount made - once they're gone, they're gone!
  • Could have brought out more shades in the blush and in the Powder Duo for deeper skins
  • More brand new products could have been brought out - instead of items from the permanent line which were just repackaged again
Out of 10? - 7/8-10 - What makes this range sell is that its got Rihanna all over it - Packaging is beautiful and has that unique selling point - but apart from that there's nothing totally amazing about it. I loved all the things I got, but there was a lot I didn't get. a) I didn't think there was much point to get products which were already on the permanent line and b) the good stuff had already sold out - Lipstick in Talk that Talk and Cream Colour Base in 'Diamonds'

DISCLAIMER: All camera pictures were taken by me and I have the rights to all the camera photos in this post. The image of Rihanna is from the promo/campaign shots by MAC Cosmetics and the pictures of the products which I didn't purchase but wanted to show that were part of the collection were taken from Google images. All items reviewed in this post were brought with my own money. Before writing this post I had previously watched other reviews on the collection before it was launched & before I myself purchased any items. All comments and opinions given are my own, however I do agree and draw upon on other common comments made from other reviews as well.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. I know it has taken me a VERY long time to get this up and its probably way too late - but I wanted to get it up any how. Thank you for taking the time out to stop by and read my posts and I hope you do still pop by to read more in the future. If you have any comments, suggestions, requests or ideas please leave them down below and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Much Love,

B xx

Monday, 12 August 2013

Lip Therapy - Lush 'Popcorn' Lip Scrub and Carmex Lip Balm Combo

Hi lovelies! Hope you are doing well! Today I would like to share a little trick and tip of my mine that I discovered by coincidence the other day.

I had picked up the Lush Lip Scrub in the 'Popcorn' flavour a couple of weeks ago but never really had a chance to properly use it and almost savour the It was actually recommended to me by my best friend - who has the 'Bubble gum' flavour. These scrubs come in three different flavours, - popcorn, bubble gum and mint, all of which are priced at £5.25. I do think they are slightly pricy for lip scrubs but Lush generally have a high selling price because of the fresh ingredients they use. All of Lush's products are cruelty free, most of their products are also vegan and vegetarian approved and they are one of the big brands fighting against animal testing! I would definitely recommend trying out their products, they really do work, and they have a wide range of choices for all different skin types and skin problems.

I started using it to see if it would remove the lip stain colour from my Revlon balm stain (review of this in previous post!) - and it worked a treat! Not only did it completely remove the whole colour from my lips, but I also noticed that my lips felt so much smoother, looked and felt more plumper, and surprisingly seemed to removed some pigmentation/discolouration that I had on my lips too! I am by no means an expert on skin benefits but from just from going off the ingredients in this scrub; the coconut oil, which is very moisturising for the skin and lips, and the exfoliating properties of the rough could potentially aid in the removal of discoloured lips! Because it is such a coarse texture I wouldn't recommend using it every single day, but perhaps once a week as a treatment if you wanted to remove some discolouration, or just whenever you have dried chapped lips to remove the dead skin.


Simply take a small amount on your finger, apply to the lips in circular motions as if you were applying lip balm, and gently scrub the lips and then if you want to eat it go ahead (the instructions on the back actually say you can lick it off and eat it lol!) but I just removed it with water and patted the lips dry on a towel. After I had washed off the scrub, my lips felt very smooth, but quite tight so I went and grabbed my Carmex, which really helped to relieve and moisture the lips, making them extra soft and feeling luxurious!


Pros of Lush Lip Scrub:
*Leave your lips feeling so smooth
*Lovely smell and taste
*Small and compact size - good for travel
*Removes any stains from lipsticks completely
*Ingredient Properties - MAY with time aid in removing discolouration of the lips

Cons of Lush Lip Scrub:
*High selling price just for a scrub

Rating out of 10 - 9/10

You can purchase Lush products from any stand alone Lush store in the UK or from their website -

DISCLAIMER: All products are purchased with my own money. All opinions and comments are my own, none of which are being affiliated with any person or companies. Prices are correct from the time of purchase.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain Review

Hi my lovelies, its been SO long! I can only apologize.. but I am back once again with another blog amazing post for you and this time it is a beauty related one. I realized I had done a couple of fashion related ones so it was only right for me to get a beauty one up too! Anyway...I was in Superdrug today, popped into to get ONE thing and like always I end up coming out with 20 billion other things! I had heard a lot of raves about the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains for a while... but today I saw them, and they were on offer 2 for £10 so that justifies it for me..haha! These balms are priced at £7.99 each, which for a drugstore product is not EXACTLY cheap but it reasonable considering that Revlon would be placed at the higher end of the drugstore market products. These lip products can be purchased from any drugstore in the UK such as Superdrug or Boots. They are also available worldwide so you shouldn't really have a problem getting hold of one! 
These balm stains come in 12 shades ranging from a beige-ish nude shade to a deep burgundy red. The colours I picked up were '020 Lovesick Passionnee' which is a beautiful deep fuchsia colour and '040 Rendezvous Rendez-vous' which is bright orange. These lip products as the name suggests are a creamy balm texture which stain the lips without drying them out. Considering they are meant to be more of a lip-balm type product the colour payoff is amazing and I would say comparable to a glossy lipstick! They are extremely pigmented and stain the lips with a 'just bitten' look - just like the product claims. Once it is on the lips, there is a slight glossy sheen which eventually wears off and leaves behind a matte stain. They are retractable crayon-esque pencils which saves the hassle of having to sharpen them. The only one thing I dislike about this product is the smell. It is a strong peppermint smell which I find to be slightly overpowering, for me personally. They feel smooth and glide on the lips easily and the colour can be built up to your preference.   
                                                   '040 Rendezvous Rendez - vous'
                                                      -'020 Lovesick Passionee'

Higher - end comparable Products -

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine - The look and finish of these balm stains remind me of the YSL Rouge Volupe Shine. They are glossy without being overly shimmery or tacky and leave a soft shine over the lips. Where the YSL lipsticks would cost you 3 times the price for one, these balm stains are giving you the same look without burning a whole in your pocket!

Clinique Chubby Sticks - Any one in the beauty world would compare these two products alike because of the similar packaging, some of the shades in the Revlon collection are also very much like what Clinique have for their Chubby Sticks. Revlon's Just Bitten Kissable would be the perfect dupe if you are wanting a product that does exactly what the higher end one does. My only personal critique of the Clinique Chubby Sticks are that they do not have as much colour pay off or pigmentation as Revlon. Also, it seems that the Chubby Sticks tend to wear off much quicker and require a few touch ups whereas the Just Bitten Kissable, because they are stains will require less hassle to keep reapplying throughout the day.

Overall -
Pros -
* Glossy
*Long - lasting/ great staying power
*Excellent colour pay off
*Delivers exactly what it claims
*Great dupe for higher end products like the Clinique Chubby Sticks - I would even say Revlon's are a lot better!
* Reasonably priced
* Easy to use packaging - retractable - no need to sharpen
Cons -
*Strong peppermint smell
Rating out of 10 - 9/10 - Definitely worth the purchase
I hope you have enjoyed this instalment on Fashion and Beauty Classics. Thank you as always for taking the time out to come by and read my posts. If you have any comments, thoughts, suggestions, ideas or requests, please leave them below this post. I will be sure to get back to you as soon as possible.
DISCLAIMER: All products featured are purchased with my own money. All comments and opinions are my own, none of which are influenced or affiliated with any other persons or companies. All pictures in this post are taken by me and I have the rights to these photos.
Much love,
B x

Friday, 28 June 2013

Selling clothing on Ebay!

Hi my lovelies, hope you are all doing well! I know I haven't posted in quite a while but just wanted to make a quick announcement. I have recently set up a new eBay account on which I will be selling a number of items, most of which will be clothing. I will be selling a range of used and brand new clothing. All the clothes I sell whether the item be used or not is always in the best of conditions, and if there are any flaws with any items I make sure to indicate this clearly. I would really appreciate if you could check it out and let anyone know who may be interested in purchasing the following items :




If someone would like me to post out internationally, I can do, please contact me for further information concerning post and packaging charges. I will also accept the next best nearest offer, again please contact me to discuss further details.

I will also be keeping you all updated on my blog with any further items which I may be selling in the future.

Thank you for taking the time out to view my blog, as always if you have any questions, comments, requests or ideas please leave them below this post and I shall get back to you as soon as always.

Much Love,

B x

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

S/S '13 Trend 4: Denim Craze

Hi my lovelies, hope you are doing well! This is the second to last post on the S/S '13 trend series. We are nearly nearing the end now!
In this post I wanted to mention denim as one of the key trends for the season. Firstly, because denim has been intricately reworked not only in the classic jeans, but there has been denim dresses, jackets and shirts which have been given a new modern twist. Secondly, the denim for S/S '13 is very light, causal and easy to wear. I think for the cool breezy spring days and the hotter summer days which we are quite nicely approaching into in England, finding comfortable denim jeans which are light and won't make you all hot and horrible in the day are essential; equally as important is having a classic denim jacket in your wardrobe. And we can't go without a good classic denim shirt for any time in the year. For me, investing in these three denim pieces especially around this time of the year is perfect, because it tends to happen that the denim shirts and jackets in particular are made from a lighter and softer denim than perhaps those that you find in A/W for example.

I practically live in my jeans, like seriously, which means I am always on the hunt for a pair of jeans which are the one. They must fit the following requirements for them to enter my wardrobe. a) super comfy, b) extra skinny, tight - because when they give, jeans tend to loosen and stretch and I don't like the look of a pair of jeans which are baggy around the knees and ankle and c) Long length, preferably L32 - I like my jeans to be slightly longer so that they have a ruched - type effect near the ankles or when I want to roll them up I can do so without them looking like they are way to small for me. Although, I am a girl who's all for a pair of tight fit skinny jeans over anything else - a new style as emerged. The boyfriend fit. A looser, more casual, some could even say (no doubt more comfy than a skinny would be) more comfier, but also perhaps defining 'sexy' in a pair of jeans?

Linked down below are some options for the new summer boyfriend fit -

Warehouse Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

River Island Boyfriend Jeans 

New Look Light Blue Ripped Boyfriend Jeans

ASOS Slim Leg Vintage Wash with Rips Boyfriend Jeans

A chambray shirt in the summer is a must. Layered over a maxi, or if you are brave enough to work the double denim trend like Rihanna or Sarah Jessica Parker then go for it. Whatever you choose, a denim shirt will be a key interchangeable piece in your wardrobe that you will be guaranteed to pull out time and time again. Some choices to get you started -

As the name suggested this is a style which will suit all and will not date:

Warehouse Authentic Western Shirt

Forever 21 Long line Chambray Shirt

ASOS Only Shoulder Studded Shirt

And last, but by no means least. The famous denim jacket. With my own experience in the past, I was always afraid to get a denim jacket because I was scared of it looking old fashioned and almost manly. This is why I think its important that when choosing a denim jacket, you choose one that fits around the waist. I personally think that a cropped denim jacket works a lot better for the womanly figure because one that is longer can tend to swamp the figure, hence giving a masculine and broad physique. Rolled up sleeves give a trendier and relaxed feel to a jacket, but as always the choice is yours! Again, here are some choices for you to have browse through -

New Look Blue Crop Denim Jacket

Boohoo Emma Dip Dye Denim Jacket

Asos = Only Denim Western Jacket

Warehouse Western Denim Jacket

As always, I thank you for taking the time to read my posts. I hope you have enjoyed reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it. I apologize for it being late once again, just haven't had the time. If you have any comments, thoughts, suggestions or requests please leave them down below and I will reply to you as soon as possible.

Much Love,

B xx

DISCLAIMER: All items listed here are NOT affiliated. I have researched and linked these items as potential choices and as a guide to help people. All opinions and comments made are my own, none of which are influenced by any other person or source.

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

S/S '13 Trend 3: Colours for the Season

Although we've seen monochrome taking over the runways, spring/summer would be absolutely incomplete without some sort of colour! A summer without colour? I don't think so!

Every year, there is always some kind of stand out colour that we all become obsessed with for spring and summer. And by the looks of it, the stand out colour for 2013 has got to be YELLOW! Neon, pastel, print, subtle, whatever form it has taken, yellow has been absolutely everywhere! I can't seem to get enough of it myself.

Whether it be a yellow top, dress or even skirt, (don't forget a pop of yellow would look great in your accessories too), you have to purchase it! (well... you don't HAVE to do anything...but you gotta have yellow in your wardrobe LOL)

Some GREAT yellow pieces:

Oasis Lace Yellow Top - ideal with dark wash blue jeans & white blazer. The perfect ensemble.

Coast La Mamounia Dress - please can I have somewhere to go to, to wear this gorgeous dress? Please?

Zara Basic Clutch Bag  - A nice pop of colour to any sort of outfit. Team it with a monochrome look. Killing two birds with one stone. Boo-ya!

Boohoo Loren Neon Toe Cap & Perspex Shoes  - Might not to be everyone's cup of tea, but these are super trendy and will really off set an outfit.

If you aren't a fan of the colour yellow, don't worry coral has also had its fair share in the spotlight, along with blues like turquoise and cobalt and garden grass green.

My top 5 colour picks of S/S '13 - in order of preference

  • Yellow
  • Coral
  • Green
  • Pale Blues - Turquoise
  • Cobalt

Other Colour Alternatives:

Ted Baker Green Full Length Pleated Maxi Dress - I am in LOVEE with this maxi dress- It is absolutely gorgeous, and it also comes in a powder blue shade option. It is the perfect summer maxi dress that would be ideal for a fancy wedding, holidays or even something as casual as a get together meal. I just adore it & I need it. Right now.

Asos Premium Bib Necklace - Perfect for that splash of colour to any outfit. Timeless. Gorgeous. Easy to wear. Suits anyone. What more could you ask for from a statement necklace?

Whistles Wild Grass Print Dress  - I love the style of this dress and the way it has been made. It has a relaxed fit and is exactly one of those dresses you can take through day to night. Sandals in the day and wedges for those summer nights.

Asos Cobalt Blue Shirt  - gotta love a blue shirt.

To be honest, you are free to choose whatever colour you want to wear which suits you best, these colours of the seasons are ones that have been sported on the runways and are rife in all the stores at the moment. If you're looking to be on trend then I think investing in some of these colours would give you some great options for different types of outfits! We can all do with a bit of colour in our lives!

I hope you have enjoyed this instalment for the S/S '13 trend series. If you have any comments, thoughts, suggestions, ideas or requests please leave them down below! I would love to see what you all have thought of this series of posts and if you would like to see similar ones in the future. As always I thank you for taking the time out to read my post! Stay tuned for the fourth instalment which will be up soon!

Much Love,

B xxx

DISCLAIMER: Any links presented here are NOT affiliated. As always any comments made are always my own personal opinion, none of which are influenced by any other persons.

S/S '13 Trend 2: Monochrome

By far the biggest trend of 2013 has been monochrome. Every high street store has got some sort of monochrome items in stock, the trend having been so popular on the runways. From Jean Paul Gaultier, Marc Jacobs and Ralph Lauren, this spring/summer designers have gone crazy in bringing back, perhaps the most undated trend of all time.
This has got to be MY most favourite trend for this season. Not only can anyone pull off the monochrome look, but you will be guaranteed that any items you purchase over the coming months you will most likely be able to wear for a good few seasons after.

The thing that makes the monochrome trend of '13 so different from previous ones, is having a new approach to styling black and white items together. The easiest option is always a monochrome dress which near enough any high street store you go to will have had as part of their collections. From shoes, bags, dresses and accessories, monochrome will be the only think taking over your wardrobe for a long time to come.

To channel this trend, it would be ideal to have the following separates which you can mix and match, - a crisp white relaxed collar button up shirt (Zara and Hollister do the best ones), a pair of form- fitting skinny (or bootleg if you prefer a looser fit) black jeans, cropped black and/or white trousers, a stripy black and white fitted skirt ( an A-line fit or midi jersey fit), a black/white striped maxi dress for those hot summer days, A standard white and/or black blazer and a pair of black/white colour block heels. These separates you will be able to pair with anything and most likely you will already some form of these already.

Some pieces which I have been loving for this trend are:

Karen Millen Polka Dot Dress

Karen Millen Beaded Collar Blouse

New Look Monochrome Striped Maxi Dress

Topshop Monochrome Mini Dress

Oasis Striped Tee

Warehouse Contrast Panel Jacket

H&M Knee Length Striped Dress

Faith Oversized Monochrome Studded Bag

Carvela for Kurt Geiger Cream Peep Toe Heels

Aldo Colour Block Heels

The above are only some suggestions which would be great pieces that would work for anyone. The H&M Knee Length striped dress is a great thrown dress that is affordable and can be dressed up or down. I have been selective in choosing these items so that you will be able to work them around what you already in your wardrobe. This is one of the easiest trends that you can rock for this spring/summer, however if you would like to see a post on how to style the monochrome trend for the spring and summer months AND how carry it through to autumn/winter please leave your comments down below.

As always I hope you have enjoyed the second trend for this series. If you have any comments, thoughts, suggestions, requests or ideas please leave them down below. I will reply to you as soon as. Thank you once again.

Much Love,

B xx

DISCLAIMER: Any links presented here are NOT affiliated links. I have researched these items and all suggestions are my own personal opinion. I aim only to provide you with some alternative ideas, any comments given are based on my opinion and are not influenced by any other person.


S/S '13 Trend 1: White Accessories

So first up for the S/S '13 trends is white accessories! I'm talking, in particular about white bags! Whether it be a tote, a satchel, or a bowler, a white bag is your key staple for spring and summer! Not only will it add a fresh and modern twist to your outfit, but a white bag will carry you through as a investment for the future. The neutral colour works with anything, even black (that's a another post!) and allows you to add a pop of colour in another accessory for your outfit. I recently picked up my own white staple from Aldo. A Hermes - esque croc-print, with a gold padlock. The thing I love about this one is the size! I have always preferred a bigger sized bag (theory #1 - the bigger the bag the smaller your frame!) because I like to just shove my bag full of everything! I feel this one really dresses up a causal outfit, because of the subtle croc - print. It has a patent finish, which means that you don't have to worry about it getting it dirty. If you are one of those people that worries about having a white bag will be hard to keep clean, a patent finish option is always the best. You don't need to worry about keeping the colour as new, because patent does not tend to catch colour that may rub off from other clothing. The handles are big enough for you to fit them on your shoulder, but I prefer to just have it hanging in the crease of my elbow. When I brought this bag, it was priced at £40.00, it has now gone in the sale and is £37.98 > so grab it while you can!

Here are just some picture of mine...

If you aren't a fan of a bigger bag or don't want to spend as much on a bag just for spring/summer, here are some other options that may like...
As always I hope you have enjoyed reading today's post, stay tuned for the next one, which will be up soon, fingers crossed! If you have any comments, suggestions, thoughts, or requests please leave them down below in the comments box underneath this post. I do reply, and will get back to you as soon as. Again, thank you to those readers who take the time to come by my blog and read my posts. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I like writing and getting them up for you guys!  
Much Love,
B xxx
DISCLAIMER: Any items which I feature in my posts are purchased with my own money. Any links added are NOT affiliated links, the links presented here are just some which I have researched to give readers an alternative. Any comments made are my own honest opinions and are not influenced by anyone or anything.

Monday, 6 May 2013

Upcoming posts! Stay tuned...& fashionable for 2013!!

Hi guys, it's been so long, sorry I haven't posted in a while. This is a quick one to let you all know that in the next week or so I will be doing up to 7 posts on Spring/Summer Trends for 2013!
This will cover everything you will need to know and also give you some inspiration for you own style!
Let me know what you think, leave your comments, suggestions, ideas and requests down below and I will be quick to reply to you as soon as!
Hope you are enjoying the lovely weather, and I can't wait to get these posts up for you lovely people! 😃

Much Love,
B xx

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

H&M CONSCIOUS Collection Haul!

Hi my lovelies, hope you are doing well!! If you've popped by into H&M recently you may have seen the face of Vanessa Paradis for the new Conscious Collection.  I actually first saw this on the tv advert, and just fell in love instantly!! So, I had to pick up a few items from the collection. It was the green maxi dress that I wanted most, but as usual I ended up more than I intended on!

So I picked up this beautiful Maxi Dress - I love the green floral print and its quite long so if you want to wear it with heels you can do.  The price was - £19.99


Second I picked up these white printed green floral trousers. These are so flattering on, and have a very nice tapered fit. They are also super comfortable and will be great in the summer, if we get some lovely weather in the UK - fingers crossed!
These were abit more pricy - but I reckon that was because of the printed effect on the trousers. They were priced at £29.99

Lastly, I couldn't resist this beautiful lime top, because I just adore the colour. Again, I think it is so summery, and we can all do with abit of colour in our wardrobe, right? It has a loose fit, and the scallop trim is so girly and feminine. How could anyone not want this in their wardrobe?! Gorgeous!
The price of this was £14.99

Hope you liked this post girlies, as always let me know what you think. If you have any questions, suggestions, thoughts, comments or queries - please leave them down below and I will get back to you as soon as!

I had planned to get this post up earlier, but didn't get the chance to finish it off - so sorry it was late! I think most places still have the collection in stock and on display if you  want to check it out!

Much Love,
B xx

DISCLAIMER: All photographs are taken by me, unless stated otherwise. All items are purchased with my own money & all prices are correct at the time of purchase.