Thursday, 28 February 2013

MAC haul: Fix+, Select Cover Up Concealer, Eye Brows in Lingering

Hey loves,

I hope you're having a great day :-)

So like the rest of the female population, I am indeed a MAC fiend! My obsession only started within the past year, but I've since moved near to a branch and I'm clearly obsessed.
I work right next to the MAC in Neal Street, Covent Garden and I am forever popping in to look at the new collections or generally to have a little nosey around.

I feel sorry for whoever I take my lunch break with because they're usually dragged into MAC with me against their will!

I usually try and behave and not buy what I don't need but often my spontaneous head takes over and... well, here we are!
I re-purchased a full-size MAC Fix+ and Lingering eye pencil and bought the Select Cover Up concealer for the first time. Here's what I thought...

I've re-purchased Fix+ two or three times now - I'm definitely a convert! I know this is hit and miss kind of product with a lot of people, with some people saying they don't see the benefits, but I certainly do.

It is essentially a glorified water spray but my God is it worth it! You just need to read the ingredients list to see how good it is for your skin - green tea, chamomile, cucumber to name a few.

It's just such an essential part of my make-up regime now - I use it a couple of times a day without fail.

The first thing I use this for is to prime my skin and help my make-up 'stick' to my face. Then, once I've applied my foundation, I buff it in with a stippling brush spritzed with a little of this. I then spray it on my face after I've applied all my make-up to give it a fresh, dewy finish.

I also spray it onto a spoolie brush (old mascara wand) and brush it through my brows to set them in place. I continue to spray my face with this throughout the day when it's in need of a 'pick me up'!

I would definitely recommend this! You could always buy the travel version first and see how you get on, and if you decide you don't like it you've still got a mini spray bottle to keep! Ha.

This was another re-purchase and something I use pretty much every day without fail.

I went through a phase of having really dark, defined brows but I realised they were probably scaring people off so I ditched them in favour of a more natural look.

This is almost exactly the same colour as my brows! It's a self-sharpening style meaning you just twist it up to get the pencil and you don't have to carry a sharpener around.

It takes me about 30 seconds to fill in my brows using this. I literally just colour them in, it's so easy - and it looks so natural.

The only issue I have with this is - because the nib of the pencil is so thin - it ALWAYS snaps off! It's so frustrating, because it's quite expensive and I normally wouldn't mind but when it snaps off it wastes so much product.

I'm on the hunt for a decent dupe for this but I haven't found anything so far. The closest I've found is a brow product only available in the States - Maybelline Define a Brow! Grr. Let me know if you have the same problem :-(

This was the first time I bought this after a friend recommended it. I have to admit, I'm not overly impressed with this product!

I was colour matched as NW20 in this - which I'm sure is right - but it just doesn't conceal enough. Under my eyes, I still have dark circles and my blemishes aren't covered that well either.

I have quite high expectations of concealers because I have problem skin - don't get me started! - so it has to conceal REALLY well or I'm not interested.

So far, the best concealers I've found for hiding blemishes are Benefit Boi-ing and MAC Studio Finish. The reason I say both is because Benefit is slightly too dark for me naturally so I use it on nights out when I've got a bit of fake tan! I need to try it in the lighter shade too though really.

For concealing dark circles under your eyes, I've found the Yves Saint Laurent Touché Éclat to be the best so far.

That's it for today's MAC haul but I'm sure there will be more coming your way soon!

What are your favourite MAC products? Let me know over on Twitter now.

Love,
Sophia
xo

 

Sunday, 24 February 2013

Primark SS13 haul: Leopard print, woodland print, metallics and cut-outs!

Hi girls,

I hope you're having a great Sunday!

Recently I took a trip to Primark and to be honest I went a bit mad! It was one of those times when you're just in the mood to shop, you know? The Primark I visited (in Bristol) was also really well laid out, not too busy and nice and breezy... In other words, perfect shipping conditions!

Here's what I picked up...

Clothes

Leopard print blazer - £7 (reduced)

I saw this in the corner of my eye and knew I just HAD to have it! Anyone who knows me will know I am a leopard print fiend and so this printed blazer suited me down to a T. I like to team leopard print with a red lip because I think it looks really chic, but it can also be worn with skinny jeans or leather trousers for a more casual look.

Woodland print dress - £25

This also caught my eye straight away! Without sounding snobby, I like things that look expensive - but actually aren't! - and this woodland print dress looked like something straight out of Zara. It's a little on the pricey side for Primark but it's worth it for the fashion-forward print in my opinion.

Cream shirt - £9

Just a really simple blouse that can be dressed up or down for work or a night out. The sleeves are a bit long but that's the price I have to pay for being a short-ass!
Sleeveless lace blouse - £10

I'm instantly drawn to anything cream/lace/sleeveless in the summer so this is perfect for me. I'll be wearing it over a simple tank and a pair of coloured jeans, or tucked into a floral skater skirt.

Shoes

Coral pointed heels - £10

My patent pointed court shoe collection is fast becoming an obsession! This coral pair will be ideal for adding a pop of colour to an all-white look in the spring.

Tan cut-out heels - £12

These to me look similar to something Miranda Kerr would wear! Tan heels also instantly elongate your legs and this cut-out pair allow my skin to breathe a little.

Metallic pointed heels - £6 (reduced)

I bought these because I love anything rose gold, but I've since spotted Jennifer Lawrence in an almost identical pair as she promoted Silver Linings Playbook pre-BAFTAs in London. JLaw teamed hers with an orange cut-out dress but that's a bit daring for me. I might wear them with an orange skater skirt I have lurking in my cupboard.

Tan cut-out pumps - £8

I picked up the pump version of the pointed heels for the same reason, but these are perfect for wearing on a day-to-day basis rather than on a night out.

Accessories

Nude shoulder bag - £9

I picked this up for work - I even went as far as taking my iPad out and checking it fitted in! Haha. I love the fact that the different straps mean it can be worn on your shoulder, across your body or on your elbow.

Floral shopper - £3

I bought this because I loved the floral print and it's perfect for wearing to the gym etc. The wipe-clean fabric is also handy for any spillages!

Nude clutch - £8

I already have loads of nude clutches but this is the first one to have rose gold detailing - so I had to have it! These are great for nights out in the summer.

Jewellery and hairbands

Gold collar tips - £1.50

These were an absolute bargain! You simply add them onto the collar of your blouse and it instantly jazzes up a look.

Neon hairbands - £1

Did I mention I was a huge neon fan? Ha!

Crochet headband - £2

I thought this would go nicely with the woodland print dress, above.

Travelcard holder - £1

I'm a commuter so this floral travel card holder went straight in the basket! Stylish AND practical? Win!

Sunglasses - 50p (reduced)

Wishful thinking here I reckon because I haven't had a chance to wear them yet but I'm counting down the days when I can!

Trainer socks - £2

Who DOESN'T want socks that have Amazeballs on them?!

Peace earrings - £1.50 and necklace - £2

This is a big trend for SS13 (I've seen similar pieces in New Look etc) it's a quick and easy way to jump on the look.

Have you hauled Primark recently? What did you pick up? Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter now.

Love,

Sophia

xo



 

 

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Topshop makeup haul: Highlighter in Sunbeam, Cream Blush in Flush, Kohl in Saddle

Hey ladies!

I hope you're having a great day :-)

Recently, I paid a visit to Topshop and picked up a couple of make up items. I've reviewed their make up before and always held it in quite high regard - especially after finding out it's made in the same factory as MAC! - so I was eager to try out some more makeup from Topshop.
I bought Topshop's Highlighter in Saddle, Cream Blush in Flush and Kohl in Saddle. Here's what I thought of them...

Highlighter in Sunbeam - £10

The first thing I noticed about this was how HUGE it was! It's a massive 6.5g which will go a long way.
It's a stunning yellow-gold shade that I don't own anything like in my collection.
I compared it to two similar products I own - GOSH Giant Sun Bronzing Powder and the highlight in 17 Blush & Go - and unsurprisingly they were so different.

As you can see in the pan, GOSH (left) looks tan/gold, 17 (centre) looks white and Topshop (right) looks yellow.

Highlighter in Sunbeam comparison swatches:

(left without flash, right with flash)

Top - 17 Blush & Glow in Peaches & Cream

Middle - Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam

Bottom - GOSH Giant Sun Powder

The swatches pretty much matched what they looked like in the pan. 17 (top) looks most white, GOSH (bottom) looks tan/gold and the new Topshop one looks like a shimmery yellow-gold. It's love!


[TOPSHOP make-up reviews inc. swatches & FOTD!]


I also picked up one of their acclaimed cream blushes in the bloggers' favourite shade, Flush.


Cream Blush in Flush - £6

I wanted to get my hands on Flush after Holly (Yummy Mummy Beauty Blog) raved about it ages ago. Thanks, Holly!
Again you get a lot of bang for your buck and the packaging is decorated in a quirky spot print.
In the pan, it looks like a VERY bright coral-pink but it's a lot more toned down on the skin.

I compared it to some similar cream blushes in my collection and I did actually find some very similar.

Cream Blush in Flush comparison swatches:

(left without flash, right with flash)

Middle - Topshop Cream Blush in Flush
 
Flush was most similar to Benefit Posie Tint (top) but they're very different consistencies and Topshop is MUCH cheaper! No7 Cream Blush wasn't very close as it was more of a rose pink shade.


The final item I bought in my haul was this bargain eye pencil!

It's called Saddle and I thought it would be a standard matte brown shade.

It's actually more of a golden bronze shade which isn't what I was expecting. Here's a couple of comparison swatches...

Kohl in Saddle comparison swatches:

(left without flash, right with flash)

Top - Avon Color Trend Kajal Stick in Brown
Middle - Topshop Kohl in Saddle
Bottom - No7 Exceptional Eyes in Brown

As you can see, Saddle is definitely the darkest but it's also the most shimmery! I don't know about you but I am NOT a shimmer person. It's been sat in my drawer for a while...


I used all of the products above on my face so you can see what they look like in real life.

FOTD:
FACE: MAC Fix+ to prime, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW15, Benefit Boi-ing Concealer in 02 Medium, MAC Pro Longwear Foundation in NC15 (applied with MAC 190 Brush and Cosmopolitan Blend Perfection Sponge), MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural in Light (applied with ELF Studio Complexion Brush), MAC Blush in Harmony (applied with MAC 129 Brush), Topshop Cream Blush in Flush, Topshop Highlighter in Sunbeam, MAC Fix+ to finish.

EYES: Urban Decay Primer Potion in Original, Sleek Storm Palette in taupe and mid brown shades, Topshop Kohl in Saddle, Benefit They're Real Mascara.

EYEBROWS: Topshop Kohl in Saddle.


What are your favourite Topshop make-up products? Let me know I'm the comments or over on Twitter now!

Love,
Sophia
xo


 

Friday, 22 February 2013

Rihanna for River Island after party: What I wore

Hey peeps!

HAPPY FRIDAY! Hope you've all had a great week.

Recently I was lucky enough to be offered an invite to the official River for River Island launch afterparty at London Fashion Week. It was hands down one of the best parties I've ever been to! Celebs aplenty and obviously the free bar helped...

Obviously the first thing that came to my mind when I got the invite was what I was going to wear. I was staying over at my friends at the time - Hi Flo! - so I was travelling light as it was. It was simply a case of adding a few items to my look to make it party ready.

OOTN:

I wore a simple black tank top and black skinny jeans - I'd worn them both to work that day - and added a few pieces to glam it up.

Neon jacket - Clothing at Tesco (new season)

If you follow me on Instagram, you might recognise this jacket from a recent pic. I saw it in LOOK magazine - my fashion bible! - initially and snapped it up pretty much straight after. I'm glad I did because it's now almost completely sold out online. It's a little on the small side but I have a weird body shape and the bigger size would have been too long in the arms. I'm a bit obsessed with neon at the moment and I love how it brightens up an otherwise all-black look.

Gold statement necklace - New Look (new season)
Sorry about the awful pic quality - it's the only one I have that shows the necklace. I'm obsessed with statement necklaces at the mo and this gold spiked one from New Look in Bristol was just perfect for the occasion.

Wedged trainers - Dorothy Perkins (sale)
I bought these in the DP's sale a couple of months ago and I'm just in love with them. I'd seen them on the Isabel Marant catwalk and loads of celebs - Mille Mackintosh, Hilary Duff etc - have been spotted in similar pairs. I'm SO glad I bought these because they are honestly so comfortable. I could wear them all day at work and then all night at a party! I'm one of those girls that brings a spare pair of flats in my bag and change out of my heels in less than an hour so this means I can keep my shoes on ALL night! Win.
I also added a simple black leather River Island clutch - which I now have in three colours, eek! - to not detract from the bright neon of the jacket.

FOTN:

FACE: MAC Fix+ to prime, Maybelline New York Dream Lumi Touch Concealer in Ivory under eyes, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NW15 on blemishes, Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation in Ivory (applied with ELF Stippling Brush), NARS Blush and Bronzing Trio (Laguna, Orgasm, Albatross to highlight).

EYES: MAC Painterly Paint Pot, MAC Quite Natural Paint Pot, L'Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim in Black on top lid, Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal Liner in Nude on lower waterline, Avon SuperShock Mascara.

EYEBROWS: MAC Eyeshadow in Espresso applied with MAC 129 Brush.

LIPS: Borrowed off a friend! Not the lips... the lipgloss. Ha! So sorry I don't know what it is.

I literally had about 10 mins to do my make-up and I only had my daily make-up bag with me - nothing special - so it was a case of having to make do! I used a darker shade on my brows (MAC Espresso rather than my daytime shade, Charcoal Brown) and opted for a glossy lip that I can't for the name of me remember what it was.

It all held up quite well though and the pic above was taken a good 3-4 hours into the evening!

Here's a couple of pics from the party to give you a feel about what it was like inside.

My friend and I both took turns posing in front of the Rihanna for River Island board! Usually celebs pose in front of these for the picture agencies but nobody seemed to that night so we thought we'd jump in front and strike a pose, haha.

MTV News presenter Laura Whitmore (@thewhitmore on Twitter) was an absolute sweetheart and commented on our matching outfits! Haha.

Let me know what you think of the Rihanna for River Island collection in the comments below or over on Twitter now!

Love,

Sophia

xo

NB. My friend and I attended the party of behalf of Yahoo! Lifestyle. You can follow them on Twitter @YLifestyleUK.



 

Sally's Beauty Supplies SS13 haul: China Glaze in Aquadelic, Orange Knockout, White on White and No-Chip Top Coat

Hey lovely ladies!
Hope you've had a great day :-)
I don't know about you, but I have a Sally's just around the corner from where I work in Soho, and I am ALWAYS popping in there!

From L-R: Aquadelic, White on White, Orange Knockout (Neon) and No-Chip Top Coat

Recently, I picked up some China Glaze nail polishes for the new season. Here are the shades I bought:

Aquadelic

Aquadelic is a bright, vivid turquoise that's going to be perfect for summer. The formula is thick, creamy and really pigmented so a little goes a long way. I can definitely see myself wearing this a lot when it gets warmer.

Orange Knockout (Neon)

Next is this vibrant neon orange shade that I am beyond obsessed with. You only need a few coats and it's SO bright! It's definitely in-your-face. It's perfect for summer holidays :-)

White on White

I wore white nails on holiday but it's not something I usually wear day to day. Instead, I like to wear it under neon shades to make the colour pop! It really works as well.

No-Chip Top Coat

This is one of the best top coats on the market! It leaves a lovely, glossy finish and makes your nail colour last longer. I'll definitely be re-purchasing.
Have you hauled Sally's recently? What China Glaze shades do I need?
Love,
Sophia
xo


 

Thursday, 21 February 2013

SS13 Sales Shopping: Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, River Island, Next

Hey loves!

Hope you're all well :-)

Recently, I've been doing a spot of sales shopping - I say a spot, I mean a lot - and have picked up some mega bargains!
Some of it I picked up in store, others I picked up online but ALL of it with take into SS13 in style :-) most of it was half price or less so I'm chuffed with what I picked up! Check out what I bought here...

Next:

Can you believe I brought a load of stuff back?! Here's what made the cut...
Black lace blouse - WAS £26 NOW £12
The first item I picked up was this gorgeous lace top blouse - apologies for the creases! It's perfect for work as it's stylish and practical and I've been wearing it with plain black skinny jeans.
Cream lace blouse - WAS £26 NOW £12
I also bought the cream version of the blouse as I figured it would be perfect for taking me into spring, with a pair of lilac skinny jeans or floral skater skirt.
Nude pointed heels - WAS £30 NOW £12
THIS is where my patent pointed heels obsession started! I'd seen all the celebs wearing them - namely Kim K! - and I knew I needed a pair! They're perfect for dressing up a look or taking it from day to night.
Nude platform courts - WAS £30 NOW £14
I actually already have this exact pair of heels - Next, no less - but I wear them all the time and they're pretty worn down so thought I'd invest in another pair!
Cream lace pashmina - WAS £16 NOW £8
I'm a big fan of pashminas in the spring / summer as I get cold easily so this is ideal for adding a touch of warmth and style at the same time.
Floral slipper boots - WAS £16 NOW £8
A girl can never have too many slippers, right? These floral print slipper boots are perfect for taking me into spring.
Tan leather iPad case - WAS £30 NOW £14
Tan leather Kindle case - WAS £18 NOW £8
Both absolute bargains, these real leather iPad / Kindle cases are stylish, durable and practical. I'm a bit obsessed with tan leather as well so they match my Filofax in my handbag... Geek :-)
Tan leather clutch bag - WAS £28 NOW £14
This is actually an iPad case but I use it as a clutch bag. It's really versatile and can be added to any look.
Black statement necklace - WAS £14 NOW £6
I have recently adopted a new motto - you can never have too many statement necklaces! This is more one for autumn / winter but it's great for adding a touch of glam to a nighttime look.
Marilyn Monroe make-up bag - WAS £5 NOW £2
OK, so I don't technically *need* another make-up bag, but it's cute, has Marilyn Monroe on the front and it was only two quid...
Earmuff headphones - WAS £12 NOW £6
These were so handy in the winter! It saved me carrying around a pair of headphones AND a pair of earmuffs in my already bursting bag. They were a little quiet, though.

River Island:

Like with Next, I bought a *load* of stuff from River Island, but only decided to keep these two. That's good for me!
Sleeveless neon shirt - WAS £20 NOW £10
I already have this shirt in the black shade and it fits really well. I like to wear sleeveless shirts like these and adding a cardigan/blazer on top that can be taken off it it gets too hot. This coral version will add a pop of colour to a sunny springtime look.
Floral t-shirt dress - WAS £35 NOW £10
This dress is a little deceiving as it's longer at the back than it is at the front. I've seen a lot of celebs wearing dresses like these on the red carpet - Marion Cotillard springs to mind - and I think it looks really chic. I wore this frock to a friend's 21st birthday meal and I think it suited the occasion pretty well, but it would look equally good on a packed dancefloor with a pair of neon heels.

Dorothy Perkins:

Tuxedo blazer - WAS £40 NOW £22
Demi Lovato inspired me to get a tuxedo jacket like this as she always looks so good in them when she wears them with her Topshop Leigh skinnies. I'll be styling it the same way - although I think it would dress up a simple LBD as well.
Leather sleeve biker jacket - WAS £49 NOW £25
I've seen loads of celebs - Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried etc - wearing these jackets with leather sleeves and I just love them. I'm a massive fan of the leather trend and I don't need an excuse to wear it! This simple jacket with leather sleeves will go with everything in my wardrobe.
Kardashian Kollection dress - WAS £40 NOW £20
Another Kardashian inspired purchase! I saw Kim wearing the black version at Westfield Shepherds Bush when they launched their Kardashian Kollection range at Dorothy Perkins and it looked amazing on her. I already have a black bandage dress in a similar style so I opted for the emerald green version instead. With the shade being Pantone's Colour of 2013, I knew it would take me into spring in style. I'll be wearing it with nude patent court shoes, Kim style.

Topshop:

I was a couple of days late with the Topshop sale so I didn't quite get as much as I'd liked. A blessing in disguise I expect, otherwise I'd have bought A LOT more!

Khaki Baxter jeans - WAS £40 NOW £20
I've been wearing these religiously since I bought them - in fact, I'm wearing them right now! Topshop jeans - especially the Baxter jeans in Petite - just fit me really well and last ages. This khaki version are great if, like me, you live in black jeans! They add a bit of colour and interest to an outfit.
Floral peplum skirt - WAS £25 NOW £12
I literally cannot wait to wear this! Peplum shapes tend to flatter my hourglass figure and I'm a big fan of winter florals at the moment. I'll be wearing it with an off-the-shoulder black top and a fuchsia pink lip.
Statement necklace - WAS £12.50 NOW £8.25
Another statement necklace to add a touch of glam to a look. Also, it can be worn with gold OR silver accessories - win!
Floral blazer - WAS £68 NOW £30
Possibly my favourite sale purchase of them all! I've wanted a floral blazer for ages and this one is just perfect. I love the neon detail in it as well as it can be worn with neon accessories or clothing like the River Island blouse (above). I actually bought this blazer in FOUR different sizes just to ensure the fit was perfect. A bit obsessive I know...
Did you pick up anything nice in the sales? Let me know in the comments or over on Twitter :-)
Love,
Sophia
xo