I hope you're well and enjoying the sunny weather today. I'm currently on a countryside retreat staying in the most beautiful lodge and the weather is just stunning here. Needless to say it's been a long-awaited relaxing break!
Last weekend I went on what you could say was my first night out of spring 2014. I jumped at the chance to get my legs out and wear some colour as I gravitate towards black in the winter (I think it's the Italian in me..!)
Here's what I wore...
Dress - Primark
Heels - Next
Belt - ASOS
Earrings - New Look
I picked this dress up in Primark recently because I was instantly drawn to the fit of the dress. I tend to go for straight bodycon styles as I find they're the most flattering but I found this shape to be fitting but still really comfortable. I was also really attracted to the teal/turquoise shade as it brightened up my all-black wardrobe considerably! I styled the dress with nude accessories although looking back I could have paid more attention to my undergarments...
FACE: Benefit That Gal Primer, Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation, L'Oreal True Match Foundation (both applied with Real Techniques Expert Face Brush), YSL Touche Eclat, Benefit Boi-ing Concealer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural (applied with an Avon Face Brush), MAC Harmony to contour (applied with a MAC 129), Benefit Coralista blush, Benefit High Beam, Urban Decay De-Slick spray.
EYES: Urban Decay Primer Potion, Urban Decay NAKED Palette (Naked and Buck), L'Oreal Perfect Slim Liner, Benefit They're Real Mascara, Eylure 101 lashes.
EYEBROWS: MAC Omega and Charcoal Brown e/s applied with a MAC 208 Brush.
LIPS: LUSH Bubblegum Lip Scrub, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Protectant, No7 Nude Lip Liner, Revlon Super Lustrous Lipgloss in Coral Reef.
I decided to go for a pop of colour on my lips to complement the brightly-coloured dress and this one from Revlon is one of my all-time faves. I had to apply two layers of foundation because my skin has been playing up a lot lately but it's much better now. Eyes wise, I went quite low-key with no kohl in the waterline but I did add fake lashes because mine are naturally very short and the 101s are my go-to lashes from Eylure.
Shellac nails - not sure of the shade but it's a coral / salmon pink colour.
I recently had Shellac nails applied for the first time (I've had Gellux but not Shellac) and I've been really impressed with them so far. Firstly, they only take about 45 mins to apply and dry instantly. I love how neat and glossy they look but I do find it frustrating that you have to get them professionally removed really or you end up with damaged nails. I am quite indecisive and like to change my nail colour up a lot so I'm not 100% sure if I would have them done again but I was impressed with my first foray into Shellac.
Have you been wearing brighter clothes this spring? Have you tried Shellac before?
Let me know in the comments or on Twitter - @smoir :)